Anchorage, Alaska Trucking Accident Lawyer
Truck Accidents: When do you need a personal injury lawyer in Alaska?
Significant truck-related accidents kill and injure thousands of people each year. Car accidents involving an 18-wheeler truck, a semi-truck, tractor-trailer, or another large truck are more severe due to the size of the vehicle, which increases the force of impact or collision. In Alaska, the likelihood of such accidents is also high due to snowy weather and treacherous roads.
Due to the size of the vehicle, the chances of you or your loved one sustaining severe injuries becomes high. The additional factors that contribute to increased chances of a trucking accident are:
- If the driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- If the brakes on the truck are old and worn or otherwise faulty and unable to stop the vehicle to prevent the collision.
- If the truck driver is inattentive or distracted.
- If the truck has not been appropriately maintained and is not in a roadworthy condition.
- If the truck is traveling at speeds higher than that is ideal for the road and weather conditions.
- If the truck follows the vehicle in front of it too closely and the car in front comes to a sudden halt. It might cause a rear-end collision.
- If the truck driver is tired and does not take proper rests as required by federal and state laws; and
- If the driver loses control of the truck for reasons that include a shifting load or lousy weather.
What makes trucking accidents different?
Typically, with trucking accidents, the companies owning the trucks are responsible for the injuries and damages resulting from the negligence of their driver (who is usually their employee) or their negligence (failing to keep the trucks roadworthy). Any claims relating to trucking accidents are likely to increase their insurance cost; therefore, the companies are likely to fight personal injury claims. This keeps their insurance cost low and minimizes any possibility of a bad image in the press.
Since companies are involved in trucking accidents, you are likely to have to deal with a lawyer of the company. The lawyers want to prevent costs to the company and are likely to offer an out-of-court settlement. Often, such payment is far below the injuries and damages you or your loved ones suffered. And, if you are dealing with a big conglomerate, you will probably face a complex claims process since multiple companies are involved.
Therefore, it is essential to have a personal injury attorney who is well versed with personal injury law and has experience in trucking accidents. A personal injury attorney will know of the complexities of the trucking industry and a deep understanding of federal regulations and will be familiar with the mechanical make of big rigs.
Possibly dealing with a big company with deep pockets can be intimidating while taking legal action. This is where I, Eric Derleth, the Trial Guy, come in. I have the knowledge, experience, and expertise to provide you with the legal assistance you need. I have over 25 years of experience practicing law in Alaska, especially in Anchorage.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a trucking accident in Anchorage, Alaska, contact us. We have exceptional service and an excellent track record of helping our clients. To understand more about personal injury claims, call Eric Derleth for a free consultation.
Can you help? I was in a car accident.
A trucking accident is just one area of my expertise. I can assist you in your claims relating to car accidents, motorcycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents, and more. Many of personal injury lawsuits involve other cars and motor-vehicles in accidents with trucks as we ll. To learn more about the typical defenses to car accident liability, you can go here or learn more about a possible compensation claim if you were partially at fault in a car accident.
Typical Injuries from Trucking Accidents
Truck crashes can cause all kinds of serious injury and even death. Some of the most common injuries we see sustained in truck accidents are as follows:
- Broken Bones
- Broken Spine
- Broken Neck
- Internal Bleeding
- Head Trauma including Traumatic Brain Injury
- Neck Injuries including Whiplash
- Permanent Disability
- Temporary Disability
- Severe Burns
Why do I need a personal injury lawyer?
That is a great question. You can fill out the paperwork yourself for the claims after an accident. But you are probably recovering from the injuries and the trauma or need time to mentally in a place where you can deal with all the paperwork.
However, since Alaska's statute of limitations gives you only two years to file your personal injury claim, you or your loved one may not be in proper physical/mental/emotional health to prepare the documents and evidence to file a successful claim.
Contacting a personal injury lawyer quickly after the injury will allow you to recover at your own pace without worry about time running out. You will also not have to navigate any complicated documents, collating evidence and assessing how strong your claim is.
If you are claiming personal injury against a big company (as I explained above), you will not have to worry about settling for less than the fair sum or feel like you have no other option but to accept the settlement amount being offered.
As your personal injury lawyer, I will strive to ensure that you are fairly compensated for the injuries and damages you or your loved one has suffered from, with the least hassle, confusion, and discomfort to you. Would you like to speak with an Anchorage accident lawyer about seeking to recover your losses after a commercial truck accident or a car accident in Alaska? For a free, no-obligation consultation, call 907-262-9164 now. With offices in Anchorage and Soldotna, The Trial Guy represents personal injury and accident cases for clients in Kenai, Palmer / Wasilla, and handles commercial truck accident cases statewide in Alaska.
If you need help, please do not hesitate to call me, attorney Eric Derleth, for a free, no obligation and confidential legal consultation today.