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Understanding Alaska Comparative Negligence

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The law of negligence is often cited when an individual suffers a loss due to someone else’s carelessness. In cases of negligence, the victim may be able to recover compensation for their losses. In Alaska, as in other states, the principle of comparative negligence is used to determine the degree of fault of each party involved in an accident, leading to equitable compensation for the victim. Therefore, it essential to understand how comparative negligence law operates in Alaska to ensure justice is served in legal battles.


Unlike pure contributory negligence jurisdictions, Alaska follows the principle of comparative negligence. In Alaska, the court will determine the degree to which each party was responsible for the accident and distribute the liability and compensation accordingly. This approach implies that both parties involved in an accident may have acted negligently and may share responsibility for the loss sustained by the victim.

The following is an example. If a driver exceeds the speed limit and collides with another vehicle, but the driver wasn’t wearing a seat belt., the court will apportion the compensation for the damage sustained between the two parties. This allocation could be a 60-40 percentage in favor of the driver who was wearing the seatbelt.

Another critical aspect of comparative negligence in Alaska is that it records the monetary compensation received as a percentage of total damages sustained in the accident. Suppose the victim was held to be 40 percent liable for the accident by the court, and the total damages were worth $100, the victim would only receive 60 percent of the total compensation, which in this case would be $60.

It is crucial to note that Alaska’s comparative negligence laws may be applied in virtually all types of cases, including personal injury, car accidents, and even medical malpractice. In some cases, the victim may even be the one who caused the accident constituting comparative negligence and still be entitled to compensation, albeit reduced by the percentage of fault.

Moreover, Alaska is a modified comparative negligence jurisdiction, indicating that the party responsible for over 50% of the accident won’t be entitled to any compensation. This rule encourages claimants to ensure that they aren’t 51 percent or more responsible for the accident, as this would mean losing the right to sue the other involved party.


Comprehending Alaska’s comparative negligence law is vital in claiming compensation in the event of an accident or loss due to the fault of another individual. It is also important for residents of Alaska to know that several lawyers specialize in comparative negligence. They have handled numerous cases and can help individuals understand the legal process and represent them in court. Additionally, it is crucial to seek competent legal advice before proceeding with any legal action to guarantee the best outcome.

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