If you or a loved one is involved in a motor vehicle collision, you understand how frustrating it can be. While Alaska is a beautiful state, its terrain can also be treacherous, and can be a large reason behind many motor vehicle accidents (MVAs). MVAs are a huge source of loss; financially, emotionally, and sometimes physically. They can also generate large inconveniences such as time off of work, or in worse cases, dealing with fatalities. Luckily, there are many legal options you can explore in these types of circumstances. Opting for legal help or consultation can help you navigate much of the difficulty you may face. There are also many statewide resources you can seek for mental and physical rehabilitation. While the process of recuperation is difficult, there are many means of mitigating some of the challenges.
What to Do if You Cannot Work After an Accident
If you cannot go back to work immediately after your accident, you are able to receive monetary support or compensation for the time you spend healing or recovering. By utilizing a personal injury attorney, you can navigate insurance claims and receiving the correct amount of money you are entitled.
- Wage Loss and Car Accidents – For those who are in an accident and are not at fault, this list will teach you how to apply for money deposits from your auto insurance company.
- Disability Allowances – If you become disabled after a collision or accident, you can read about the many FAQ’s here.
- Alaska Accident Information- This resources outlines the criteria on how to report an accident so you can promptly recover and seek assistance.
Need help with requesting an official copy of the incident police report?
It’s important for those who sustained injuries in a car accident to file a personal injury lawsuit against negligent parties. However, injured victims must submit all evidence to their insurance companies, which includes a copy of the police report. It’s possible to retrieve a copy of a traffic accident police report online or one of our local personal injury lawyers can provide one to you at no cost.
If you or a loved one was involved in an Alaska car accident, contact us today if you need help retrieving a copy of your police report. We are here to help all accident victims.
Requesting an Incident Report Copy for Your Vehicular Collision
After a collision is reported, you are entitled to a transcript of the accident. The Alaska DMV has created this resource to walk you through the steps after an accident, which include filing an incident report. In order to obtain a copy, you must request it from the Alaska DMV, or through an approved partners site. Here is a form in which you can complete and submit obtain your file.
After your accident, you or a loved one may experience emotional shock or disturbance. If left untreated, this can severely impact your wellbeing over time. It is important to seek emotional support after an accident to prevent this. For those in the Alaska region, the following links can be of use in identifying aid:
- TRAUMA FACILITIES - If you need immediate access to a trauma center following a collision, Alaska has different trauma centers located throughout the state, and centralized around Anchorage.
- REGIONAL SPECIALIZED PSYCHOLOGISTS – If you are in need of a specialized psychologist after a traumatizing event, Alaska has plenty of trained professionals who are well-versed in PSTD.
Financial Hardship Assistance
If you find yourself in the wake of a vehicular collision, seeking legal assistance may save you both time and money. A good attorney will understand all aspects of your case and help you mitigate fees and court appearances if necessary.
- RESOURCES BY STATE - Here you will find an index of qualifying attorneys who can help mitigate the legal red tape and red tape you will experience with your insurance.
- ALASKA COMPENSATION LAW - Alaska allows drivers to compensation for accidents that were no fault of their own, and depending on the level of severity. Your damages are either filed as economic damages or non-economic damages. This resource allows for you to assess the extent of your claim and find the appropriate documentation to file a request.
Alaska Car Insurance Coverage Minimums
In all states it is required that licensed drivers carry insurance for their motor vehicles. However, every state determines their own insurance minimums for liability coverage. The Alaska DMV has instated the following minimums for licensed automobile drivers:
- $50,000 for the injury or death of one person
- $100,000 for the injury or death or more than one person
- $25,000 for property damage
Alcohol or Drug related Collisions or MVAs
The CDC has prepared an excellent infographic on the statistics behind state, and nationwide, drunk or impaired driving. A blood alcohol concentration of .08% or more is driving under the influence, .04% if you are in a commercial vehicle, or .02% or more if you are under the age of 21 If there is any insinuation of drug use or alcohol consumption, police will administer a blood test or breathalyzer to confirm the suspicion. Below is a list of resources that can help you find support or legal provision if a drunk or influenced driver is the reason for your accident:
- MADD – This acronym stands for “mothers against drunk driving”, and is an organization of passionate individuals who aid those who are victims of drunk driving. They have established the organization to bring attention to cases of drunk driving and also to prevent underage drinking in teens and young adults. They have a 24-hour helpline for those in crisis or have experienced a drug or alcohol related collision, it is 877. MADD.HELP.
- LAW RESOURCES –If you have been affected by a drunk or drug fueled vehicular collision, this resource will guide you as to what attorneys or legal representation to contact.
ALASKA VEHICLE AND COLLISION STATISTICS:
Vehicle Population in Alaska
In 2012, the most recent year with reported statistics, there were an average of 1.4 motor vehicle accidents every hour across the state, according to the Alaska Department of Transportation. There were a total of 959,334 registered vehicles and 535,585 people that possess valid driver’s licenses.
Alaska Collision Statistics:
- In 2011, 71 of the 12,576 accidents were fatal
- One person died on an Alaskan freeway every 5.1 days
- Alcohol and drugs were suspected in 6% of all the crashes
- 704 of the crashes were the result of being impaired
Types of Collision Fatalities
- Single vehicle: 9,188 of 12,576
- Hit and Run: 489 of 12,576
- Urban crashes: 9,863 of 12,576
- Rural crashes: 2,708 of 12,576
- Crashes with Moose: 666 of 12,576
- Pedestrians: 117 of 12,576
- Bicyclists: 251 of 12,576
As of 2013, there were 4,420 Alaskans were arrested for DUIs; 57 of those arrested were under the age of 18. In addition, 2,603 were arrested for violating liquor laws; 603 of those arrested were under 18-years-old. Drunkenness arrests totaled 102 in 2011, while 11 of those were Alaskans 18 or younger.