Car Accidents in Anchorage, Alaska

I have personal injury clients call me every day, and one of the most asked questions by everyone in Anchorage, Kenai, and Soldotna always ask, do I need an accident lawyer for my car accident case? The answer is resounding Yes…. You Do Need a Lawyer for any Personal Injury Case, Especially Car and Truck Accidents throughout Alaska.

Statistics have shown that personal injury victims involved in car and truck accidents, and involved in any personal injury lawsuit, will receive substantially more financial compensation than those who do not seek representation from an attorney or law firm.


My name is Eric Derleth, and I have over 25 years of experience practicing law as an attorney throughout Alaska, especially in the Anchorage, Kenai, and Soldotna regions. I have helped thousands of clients successfully litigate their cases, and I have recovered millions of dollars in damages. I was born and raised in Alaska, on the Kenai Peninsula, and studied law in Anchorage and the surrounding areas. Alaska and her people are in my blood. I am not a big cold law firm. When you call my office, you get to speak with me, not some paralegal or less experienced recent law graduate on an intake committee. Your important case will not be handed down to a less experienced lawyer. My law firm is dedicated to achieving the absolute best results for each neighbor as possible, and I do not rest until those results are achieved. If you or a loved one has been hurt or injured in a motor vehicle accident of any kind, I can help you receive justice in the form of financial compensation.

I regularly write about the law on my Anchorage Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, and I have a long history of success. Please contact me online here, or call us anytime at 907-262-9164. I am your local attorney, near you, with offices in Anchorage and Soldotna. Whatever your personal injury attorney needs, I can help, or I can get you the right help for your individual situation.


There are many reasons people are involved in car crashes throughout Alaska and the Anchorage area. Some of the most common causes are listed below:

Distracted Driving – Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of accidents and personal injuries on the roads in Alaska today. Everything from texting while driving, eating while driving, talking on the cell phone while driving, horseplay while driving, and more can be labeled as distracted driving. Amazingly I have seen people reading while driving, putting on make-up while driving, watch videos while driving and more lead to serious injury and even death.

Weather Conditions—The weather conditions in Alaska are well known and slippery and wet roads, ice, and snow all can lead to significant car crashes.

Lack of Interstate Road System—Alaska's lack of interstates is a serious concern for those who drive our roads.

Drunk or Intoxicated Driving—Not surprisingly, drunk driving or driving while on drugs can lead to common car accidents throughout Anchorage, Kenai, and Soldotna.

Speeding—The failure of motorists to practice safe driving can always lead to significant injury and require the need of a special and experienced personal injury lawyer.

Hazardous Road Conditions—Potholes, mudslides, rockslides, poorly maintained roads, roads not plowed appropriately, animals in the road, all can cause car accidents and are unfortunately common throughout Anchorage and even more so in the more rural areas of Alaska, such as Soldotna and Kenai.

Driving Aggressively—If all of Alaska would practice safe and defensive driving, we could dramatically reduce the automobile accidents on our roads and highways.

The law in Alaska limits the time you must file a claim for a car, trucking accident, or any personal injury claim. Please contact an attorney as soon as possible to prevent the Statute of Limitations from completely denying your personal injury lawsuit.


Car and truck accidents can cause many injuries, many of which may not show up for days or even weeks later. It is imperative you are seen by a doctor after any automobile accident in Alaska. Some of the most common injuries I see are:

  • Head Injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injury & Concussions
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Broken Bones and Fractures
  • Neck Injuries like Whiplash
  • Temporary Disability
  • Permanent Disability
  • Death
  • Paralysis
  • Being Crushed
  • Internal Bleeding
  • Organ Damage
  • And much more…


If you have been harmed by someone acting negligently, you may have financial compensation. My personal injury law firm is dedicated to obtaining the most money possible for any injury under Alaska law. If you have been injured in a car or trucking accident, you may have all kinds of damages that could be worth millions of dollars, including:

  • Medical Bills
  • Lost Wages (Past and Future)
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Loss of the Enjoyment of Life
  • Loss of Consortium
  • Rehabilitation Costs
  • Loss of the Ability to Work
  • Punitive Damages (In rare instances)

The purpose of damages in a personal injury case is to put the defendant back where he was financially before the car accident or truck accident. It is your attorney's job to make sure you get the most amount possible under the law. Thus, it is very important which lawyer you choose. Make the right choice and call us for a free consultation, 24/7.

We always offer a no-obligation, private and confidential, free consultation. And we never collect a fee on a personal injury lawsuit until we win your case. Call to learn more.

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