Alaska Car Accident Compensation Laws
Car accidents are common across the country, and Alaska is certainly no exception for car wrecks in daily life. Both minor fender benders and severe accidents happen every day on Alaska roads like Dalton Highway. If you have unfortunately been injured by someone else's reckless driving, discover your rights under Alaska car accident compensation laws to recover damages.
Car Accident Damages Caps in Alaska
There are two types of damages: (1) economic damages and (2) non-economic damages. The most common economic damages are medical bills, however, there are several other types of damages as well. Use FindLaw's damages estimate worksheet to ensure no other damages are overlooked in your case.
Damages caps are laws that limit the amount of damages you can recover. Damages caps usually apply to non-economic damages such as emotional distress and pain and suffering. Here is the list of damages caps stated in Alaska Statutes:
Statute of Limitations 2 yrs. for personal injuries [§09.10.070 ] Non-economic Damages Cap $400,000 or the injured person's life expectancy in years multiplied by $8,000, whichever is greater [§09.17.010(b) ] Non-economic Damages Cap for Severe Permanent Physical Impairment or Severe Disfigurement $1,000,000 or the person's life expectancy in years multiplied by $25,000, whichever is greater [§09.17.010(c) ] Punitive Damages Cap $1,000,000 or the person's life expectancy in years multiplied by $25,000, whichever is greater [§09.17.010(c) ]
Note: State laws are revised regularly. Therefore, you should contact an attorney or conduct your own legal research to confirm the currentness of these laws.
"Pure" Comparative Negligence Standard in Alaska
If you were partly at fault for your own injuries, the amount of damages you can recover may reduce by a percentage of your fault. In Alaska, the pure comparative negligence rule allows you to recover damages even if you were 99% at fault. In that case, you would be still able to recover 1% of the damages.
For example, at trial, the jury determines that the total amount of damages is $100,000. You were 90% at fault, and the opponent was 10% at fault. In most other states, you won't be able to recover any damages because you were more at fault. However, in Alaska, the pure comparative negligence rule allows you to recover 10% of $100,000, which is $10,000.
Contact an Experienced Alaska Attorney for Help with Car Accident Issues
Even if you were at fault for your own injuries, you may be entitled to compensation in a car accident case. Personal injury is a complicated field of law and a legal process for car accident cases can be overwhelming. Contact an Alaska personal injury lawyer to get started with your case.
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