According to information provided by the Alaska Highway Safety Office, there are close to one million motor vehicles registered in the Last Frontier, including motorcycles, trucks, and buses, among others. To be exact, in 2016, there were 975,182 vehicles registered in Alaska. The population of Alaska sits at around 737,438, according to the International Highway Loss Data Institute. The fatality statistics listed on the HLDI state that on average, there are about 10.8 deaths per 100,000 of the population that occur each year due to car accidents in Alaska. This is equal to about 1.46 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled.
Each year, roughly 80 people lose their lives in car accidents in Anchorage and throughout Alaska. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident in Anchorage or the surrounding cities, it is in your best interest to contact an Anchorage personal injury lawyer who will be able to help you better understand your legal rights toward financial compensation, especially in the event that the accident you were involved in was caused by another person.
Becoming injured in an accident can mean days, weeks, or months of pain and suffering while you are laid up in a hospital bed, forced to stay out of work, and ultimately lose money. All while your medical bills are piling up, along with other costs associated with your car crash. This can all be very overwhelming to deal with. Allow an Anchorage car crash lawyer to help you get through your accident aftermath by fighting for your right toward monetary compensation to help with things like medical bills and other costs related to your crash.
We will discuss some of the laws in Alaska that may have an impact on your claim if you choose to file one. This information will include deadlines by which to file your lawsuit, and the laws in Alaska when it comes to sharing fault in an Accident. For example, if it is difficult to determine who was at fault in the crash.
The Statute of Limitations in Alaska for Car Accident Claims
The statute of limitations is the timeline by which you must file a lawsuit after an accident has occurred. Depending on the type of injuries you may have suffered due to your accident and the kind of claim you plan on filing, the statute of limitations may vary. It is important to note that the statute of limitations is applicable to car crash lawsuits, but not car insurance claims. Your insurance company, and any for that matter, will require you to make a claim after an accident. At the very least you are legally required to notify your insurance company of an incident if it occurs and could possibly trigger a claim within a “reasonable” timeframe of when the crash took place. This usually means no longer than a few weeks after the accident, ideally a few days afterward.
The current statute of limitations in Alaska for car accident claims is two years. This means that from the date of your crash, you have two years to file a claim. Any claim filed after two years will be thrown out due to going over the statute of limitations. The same time limit applies to vehicle damage claims, accidents in which no injuries occurred but your vehicle was damaged, as well as wrongful death claims where someone lost their life due to an Alaska car accident. If you think that you are coming close to the two-year deadline for your accident, hiring a skilled and competent personal injury lawyer in Anchorage could be of great assistance to you.
The Law Office of Jason Skala Works for You.
The Law Office of Jason Skala in Anchorage will diligently fight for your right toward financial compensation. Especially in the case that your injuries or the injuries of someone you love were caused by the negligence, recklessness, or carelessness of another person. Being injured by another person’s negligence should never cost you money. We will take each and every damage you suffered into consideration and seek financial compensation for those that allow it. Recoverable damages in a car accident include, but are not limited to medical costs, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, among many others.
We are aware that each car crash claim is unique and therefore requires a skilled and knowledgeable attorney who possesses a working knowledge of the car crash laws and regulations in Alaska. Contact the Law Office of Jason Skala in Anchorage today at 907-569-6633 for a free consultation and case evaluation to see if you qualify for financial compensation for your injuries and losses.