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Injured by a Commercial Vehicle in Alaska – What You Should Know

The Brown Law Firm

Alaska Car Collisions With Commercial Vehicles

Alaska, with its expansive landscapes and sparse road networks, presents unique challenges to road users. Among these challenges is the unfortunate occurrence of collisions with commercial vehicles, which can cause devastating injuries. A commercial vehicle can be any vehicle owned and operated by a business. These incidents often leave drivers bewildered and overwhelmed, unsure of their rights and what steps to take next.

When dealing with the aftermath of a collision involving a commercial vehicle in Alaska, understanding the specifics of the law, insurance claims, and recovery options is crucial. In this comprehensive guide, we break down the essential information you need to navigate these difficult circumstances with confidence. If you need to speak with an attorney now, please do not hesitate to contact us at The Brown Law Firm to discuss your legal matter.

Alaska’s legal system is influenced by its vast geography, small population, and the indigenous cultures that shape its laws. In the context of a car collision, especially with a commercial vehicle, understanding the state’s unique legal landscape is pivotal. At the Brown Law Firm we understand the Alaska’s legal landscape, Sean Brown has represented in injured drivers in cases around the state. If you were in a car crash, call Sean today to learn how he may be able to assist you.

Comparative Negligence

Alaska operates under a comparative negligence system, allowing fault to be shared among multiple parties. This means that even if you are found partially at fault for the accident, you may still be able to recover damages in a lawsuit. However, your compensation will be reduced by the percentage of your fault, as determined by the courts.

Statute of Limitations

Alaska imposes a strict statute of limitations on car accident claims, which typically gives victims two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. For property damage claims, the limit is six years. Failing to file within this timeframe can bar you from seeking legal remedy, so it’s imperative to act quickly.

Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage

Uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM) coverage is not required in Alaska, but it is strongly recommended, especially in the case of collisions with commercial vehicles. UM coverage can protect you if the at-fault driver has no insurance or insufficient insurance to cover your damages.

Navigating Insurance Claims After a Collision

Dealing with insurance companies can be daunting, particularly when commercial policies are involved. Knowing how to navigate this process can significantly impact your ability to recover damages.

Commercial Insurance Coverage

Commercial vehicles in Alaska are required to carry insurance with significantly higher liability limits than personal vehicles. These policies can be complex, but understanding the coverage available can be critical in ensuring you receive proper compensation for your injuries and damages.

Filing a Claim

When filing an insurance claim for an accident involving a commercial vehicle, it’s important to gather as much evidence as possible. This includes photographs of the scene, contact information for witnesses, and a copy of the police report.

Communication is key in dealing with the insurance company. Be sure to keep records of all your interactions, including the names of the representatives you speak with, and any documentation they provide.

Settlements and Negotiations

Insurance companies may make lowball settlement offers in hopes of avoiding a costly court battle. It’s essential to consult with a personal injury attorney who can negotiate on your behalf to secure a fair settlement. If negotiations fail, your attorney can help you decide whether to proceed to court.

Engaging the services of a skilled attorney after a collision with a commercial vehicle is a wise decision. An experienced lawyer from The Brown Law Firm can guide you through the legal process, protect your rights, and maximize your chances of recovery.

Navigating the legal system alone can be overwhelming, particularly given the unique laws that apply in Alaska. A seasoned attorney from the Brown Law Firm can provide invaluable support, ensuring your case is brought to court within the statute of limitations and that your rights are fully protected.

Finding the Right Attorney

When selecting an attorney, look for someone with specific experience in handling cases involving commercial vehicle accidents. Review their track record with similar cases, and consider their trial experience. Sean has been doing trial in Alaska since 2002.

Attorney Fees and the Contingency Model

At the Brown Law Firm, we work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we only get paid if you win your case. This model allows everyone access to legal representation, regardless of financial means.

Maximizing Compensation for Damages

In a collision with a commercial vehicle, the potential for significant damages is high. Understanding the types of compensation available to you is crucial to ensuring you are made whole.

Types of Damages

Compensation following an accident can be broken down into several categories. Economic damages cover tangible losses such as medical bills, lost wages, and property damage. Non-economic damages compensate for intangible losses like pain and suffering or loss of quality of life. Punitive damages are less common but can be awarded in cases of extreme negligence on the part of the commercial driver or company.

Proving Damages

To recover compensation for your damages, you must provide evidence that substantiates your losses. This may include medical records, bills, employment records, and expert testimony, among other things. A skilled attorney can help you gather and present this evidence in a compelling manner.

Structured Settlements

In some cases, especially those involving long-term or permanent injuries, a structured settlement may be more appropriate than a lump-sum payment. This arrangement provides periodic payments to cover ongoing expenses and can offer tax benefits.

Additional Considerations for Injured Drivers

If you have been injured in a collision with a commercial vehicle, your health and recovery are top priorities. However, there are additional considerations to keep in mind as you work to regain your life.

The Role of Health Insurance

Your health insurance may cover some of your medical bills following the accident. However, if the commercial vehicle’s insurance is responsible for these expenses, you may need to work with your attorney to coordinate benefits and reimbursements.

Personal Injury Protection

Alaska law requires personal injury protection (PIP) coverage, which can help pay for your medical expenses and lost wages regardless of fault. This coverage can be helpful in the immediate aftermath of the accident, before a settlement is reached.

Post-Accident Recovery and Moving Forward

Recovering from a collision with a commercial vehicle takes time. Focusing on your physical, emotional, and financial well-being is essential as you move forward with your life.

Physical Rehabilitation

Following the accident, your priority should be your health. Seek medical treatment as needed, and adhere to your doctor’s recommendations. This may include physical therapy, rehabilitation, or other forms of medical care.

Emotional Support

The aftermath of a collision can be emotionally taxing. Seeking the support of loved ones, mental health professionals, or support groups can be beneficial as you process the event and its impact on your life.

Financial Stability

The financial impact of a collision can be significant. Ensure you have a clear understanding of your compensation and how it will help you regain financial stability. Budgeting, managing debts, and planning for future expenses can help you secure your financial future.


Collisions with commercial vehicles can have a lasting impact on those involved. Understanding the legal and insurance aspects, seeking proper representation, and focusing on recovery are key steps in navigating this challenging experience.

If you or someone you know has been involved in a collision with a commercial vehicle, it is important to act swiftly and decisively. By arming yourself with knowledge and the right support, you can ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you deserve.

Remember, you do not have to face this ordeal alone. Seek out the assistance you need, whether it’s from legal counsel, insurance professionals, or medical experts. With the right resources and a proactive approach, you can move past this difficult chapter and toward a brighter future. We would be happy to discuss your case with you, call us today.

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