Car Accidents Attorney in Anchorage, Alaska
Car accidents are the major causes of injuries, hospitalizations, and death in Alaska and across the United States. In addition, statistics from the Municipality of Anchorage Annual Traffic Report, report there were 3,430 total traffic crashes in 2021 in Anchorage, Alaska. If you or someone you know were injured in an auto crash caused by someone else's negligence, you may be eligible to pursue compensation for your injuries through a claim or lawsuit.
At the Law Office of Jason Skala, LLC, I have the diligence, expertise, and resources to represent and support victims of auto accidents in their injury claims. As a practiced Alaska personal injury attorney, I will review your particular situation and help you understand your available legal options moving forward.
My firm – the Law Office of Jason Skala, LLC – proudly serves clients across Anchorage, Alaska, and the surrounding areas of Barrow, Kotzebue, and Bethel.
Determining Liability in Alaska
Alaska is an "at-fault" auto insurance state. Under Alaska's fault system, the driver who caused the car crash (the at-fault party) will be held financially responsible for bodily injuries, property damages, and other accident-related losses suffered by the injured victims.
When injured in an Alaska car accident, you can proceed by:
Filing an injury claim with your own insurance company.
Filing a third-party claim directly with the at-fault party's insurance carrier.
Filing a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party in civil court.
A seasoned attorney will tell you about the state’s insurance requirements and explore your available legal options to recover damages.
Alaska Insurance Requirements
Additionally, motorists in the state of Alaska are mandated to carry liability insurance with the following minimum coverage amounts:
$50,000 for bodily injury per person in a single accident
$100,000 for total bodily injury to two or more people per accident
$25,000 for property damages per accident.
Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage at $50,000 for bodily injury per person and $100,000 per accident.
Underinsured motorist coverage at $25,000 for property damage per accident.
A skilled lawyer can educate you about some specific state laws addressing your case and determine how to proceed with your personal injury claims.
State Laws Addressing Personal Injury Claims
Here are some Alaska state laws addressing liability in personal injury claims:
Statute of Limitations
Personal Injury: In Alaska, the statute of limitations for personal injury to a person or rights of another is two (2) years from the date the accident or injury occurred (Alaska Statutes Section 09.10.070).
Property Damages: Under Alaska laws, an action to recover damages for injury to personal property must be brought within six (6) years (Alaska Statutes Section 09.10.050(3)).
Pure Comparative Negligence in Alaska
Additionally, Alaska follows the "pure comparative negligence" rule. According to the system, you may be able to sue the at-fault party for damages and seek fair compensation, regardless of your contribution to the car accident or injury. However, the amount of compensation you may recover will be reduced by your fault degree.
For instance, if the judge awarded a total compensation of $60,000 against the at-fault party for your injuries but found you to be 20% responsible for the car crash, your total damages would be reduced by $12,000. Therefore, you may only receive 80% of $60,000 ($48,000). Under Alaska's pure comparative negligence system, you would still be eligible to seek damages even if you were up to 99% responsible for the incident.
Filing a Wrongful Death Claim
However, if the auto accident resulted in someone's death, the decedent's surviving loved ones may be entitled to seek compensation through a wrongful death claim. Under Alaska law, only the personal representative or executor of the decedent's estate may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim or lawsuit.
In addition, a wrongful death claim must be commenced within two (2) years from the date of the person's death. Damages awarded will be for the benefit of the surviving spouse, children, and dependent of the deceased person. A seasoned Alaska wrongful death attorney can help file your claims and pursue the rightful financial compensation for your unexpected loss.
Compassionate & Reliable Legal Help
Getting hurt in an auto accident can be difficult and emotional. Such an incident may result in minor or major injuries, missed time at work, or even death. However, you don't have to tolerate financial liability and challenges alone. Therefore, when you are hurt in a negligent traffic accident, you must retain a wise personal injury attorney for proper guidance and to help pursue your deserved compensation.
At the Law Office of Jason Skala, LLC, I'm committed to offering experienced legal services and advocating for the best interests of auto accident victims and their loved ones. With my extensive knowledge, I can guide you through the complicated procedures involved in filing car accident claims and seeking damages. I will represent you vigorously in your case, identify and hold the responsible party accountable, and help you seek the financial justice you deserve.
Car Accident Attorney in Anchorage, Alaska
If you or a loved one were injured in a negligent car accident, you may recover fair financial compensation. Contact me at the Law Office of Jason Skala, LLC, to arrange a simple case evaluation. I have the skills and trusted legal guidance you need in your car accident claims. My firm proudly serves clients across Anchorage, Utqiagvik, Kotzebue, and Bethel, Alaska.