If you have been injured or incurred vehicle damage in a car accident in Alaska, a number of state laws could affect any insurance claim or lawsuit you decide to pursue. This page provides a guide to the Alaska-specific resources on All-About-Car-Accidents.com, including key state laws and car insurance rules. We’ll also provide tips on when it might be a good idea to contact an Alaska car accident lawyer for help with your claim.
After a car accident in Alaska, if you decide to file a liability claim against the at-fault driver, there are a few state laws that might come into play, beginning with the time limit for getting a lawsuit started in Alaska (this type of law is called a statute of limitations, and every state has one).
In Alaska, whether you are filing a lawsuit for personal injury or vehicle damage after a car accident, you have two years from the date of the crash to file the complaint in Alaska’s civil court system. You can find this law at Alaska Statutes section 9.10.070. What happens if you don’t get your case filed before the statutory deadline passes? The court will almost certainly refuse to hear it. So it’s critical to follow the statute of limitations as it applies to your case.
Learn more about Alaska’s lawsuit filing deadline and other state laws that could impact your car accident case in Car Accident Laws in Alaska.
If you’re making an injury or property damage claim after a car accident in Alaska, car insurance coverage will almost certainly play a big role, whether you are making a claim under your own policy or with the at-fault driver’s carrier (the latter is known as a third party car insurance claim). Here is a brief overview of Alaska’s car insurance rules and requirements:
For more details, check out Alaska Car Insurance Laws and Regulations.
You may not need to hire an Alaska car accident lawyer if your case is fairly simple and you didn’t suffer serious injuries. So, if you were rear-ended at very low speed and the other driver’s insurance company accepts liability, you can probably handle that kind of claim yourself as long as you’re comfortable doing so.
But if the other driver’s insurance adjuster is saying you were at fault for the car accident, or if you suffered significant injuries, things can get contentious and complicated pretty quickly, and it might be a good idea to discuss your situation with a nearby car accident lawyer.
A good car accident attorney knows how to handle the back-and-forth of settlement negotiation, and understands the best way to protect your rights at every stage in the injury claim process, including filing a car accident lawsuit in the Alaska civil court system if it comes to that.