Car accidents take place in Anchorage and across Alaska and the rest of the United States every single day. Statistics concerning the national car accident rate are extremely alarming, with approximately 6 million car accidents taking place per year in the US, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA also states that of these collisions, about 3 million people become injured and almost 40,000 people lose their lives each year. Driving a car is one of the most commonplace activities people in North America take part in, however, it is also one of the most dangerous.
In a multi-car crash, it is sometimes difficult to determine who was at fault. Alaska is an at-fault state when it comes to car accidents, which means that liability is able to be placed on one specific party. This means that the driver who is found to be at fault for the accident utilizes their insurance coverage to pay for the damages done by the crash.
Hiring an Anchorage car accident attorney is your best bet in successfully collecting full and fair financial compensation for your injuries and losses due to insurance companies often trying to force people to settle for meager compensation amounts. A skilled and qualified personal injury attorney in Anchorage will be able to aggressively negotiate with the insurance company in order to get you a just financial compensation amount that will be able to cover all of the costs associated with your accident and the injuries that resulted from it.
An attorney will first assist you in proving the negligence of the other driver in order to be able to award you financial compensation for your injuries and losses. If this is unable to be done due to the circumstances of the crash, another option is available to you. It is important to understand that if you were indeed partially at fault for the accident that occurred, this does not mean that you are not able to collect financial compensation for damages that resulted from the crash. Comparative Negligence is observed in Alaska, which means that you may be able to collect compensation even in the event that your crash was partially your fault.
In a pure comparative negligence state, percentages come into play when determining fault in a collision. For example, if you are found to be approximately 20% at fault for your crash, then the jury may award you 80% of the damages that are sought in the claim. So in the case that you sued for $100,000 and the jury deemed this amount appropriate, you would be awarded $80,000 in damages. This all depends on the circumstances of the crash, so it is important to try and gather as much evidence as possible to present to your attorney so that he/she can paint a clear picture of your accident.
Comparative negligence is used in other states such as Louisiana, Arizona, California, Florida, Mississippi, Rhode Island, and South Dakota, to name a few. Most of the time, when an injured victim is totally or at least mostly at fault for their injuries, collecting compensation is not an option. However, only a skilled and experienced personal injury attorney should make that call. You should never try to make a decision like this on your own without the help of a professional car accident attorney. The laws and regulations surrounding car accident claims can be very complex and confusing, which is why hiring an Anchorage personal injury lawyer is always in your best interest in the case that you are injured in an accident in Anchorage.
The Law Office of Jason Skala has been working tirelessly for years in order to preserve and protect the legal rights of injured crash victims. Awarding injured accident victims with financial compensation for their incurred injuries and losses is a goal of Jason Skala’s. He is well aware of the frustration and fear that may follow a serious crash, which is why he works to help people through these difficult times. Having an experienced attorney on your side is always helpful, especially when attempting to collect financial compensation to cover things like medical bills and pain and suffering, among others.
Call the Law Office of Jason Skala today at 907-569-6633 in order to speak with someone concerning your own personal injury case.