Anchorage Car Accident Attorneys
Injured in a Car Crash? We Can Help.
If you were injured or if your loved one was killed in an automobile collision, you do not have to suffer the consequences on your own. At Farnsworth & Vance, our Anchorage car accident attorneys can help you fight for justice and the fair compensation you are owed. We have helped many clients secure favorable settlements, allowing them the ability to pay for critical medical care, make up for lost wages, and move forward with their lives.
Who Is Liable for Your Injuries & Other Damages?
Most car accidents are the result of negligent or wrongful actions. In fact, distracted driving and drunk driving are two of the leading causes of car accidents, including fatal car accidents, in the United States. When another driver causes an accident that leaves you injured, you have the right to pursue compensation from that driver’s auto insurance provider.
You may be able to seek compensation in a personal injury claim if you were injured in a car accident caused by any of the following:
- Another motorist driving while distracted or texting while driving
- A drunk and/or drugged driver
- A fatigued driver or a driver that fell asleep at the wheel
- Another motorist who was engaging in “road rage” or aggressive driving behaviors
- Someone who was speeding
- Another motorist who failed to follow the rules of the road
- A truck driver or motorcyclist who was acting careless or driving recklessly
In some instances, car accidents occur not as a result of another motorist but due to other factors, such as poor weather conditions, faulty vehicles, or defective road design. You may still be able to recover compensation in such cases, depending on whether a manufacturer, government entity, or another party is at fault. In this type of case, it is especially wise to enlist the help of an Anchorage car accident lawyer who has the skills you need to fight for a favorable outcome.
What Is Comparative Negligence?
The state of Alaska follows what is known as the rule of “comparative negligence.” Under this law, you are able to recover compensation if you are injured in an accident even if you are partially at fault for the accident. However, your recovery amount will be reduced by the percentage of fault you are determined to have.
For example, if you are hit by someone who sped through a red light, but you were reading a text message at the time of the collision, a jury might find you 20 percent at-fault for the accident, as texting and driving is illegal in Alaska. If the total cost of your damages (including the cost of your medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering) amounts to $10,000, you will only be able to recover up to $8,000 (the total amount minus 20 percent, or $2,000).
The Alaska Car Accident Statute of Limitations
If you have been injured in any kind of auto accident in Anchorage, you need to act fast if you wish to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver in pursuit of compensation for your damages. Under the statute of limitations established in Alaska Statutes section .09.10.070, drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians who are injured in a motor vehicle accident have two years from the date of the collision to file an injury lawsuit in the state's civil court system. This deadline also applies to wrongful death and property damage lawsuits related to car accidents. If you file a claim after this deadline expires, your case will likely be dismissed and you will effectively be barred from pursuing compensation.
It is important to note that this two-year deadline only applies to car accident lawsuits; insurance claims have a much tighter deadline and generally must be filed within a few days of the crash to be eligible for coverage. Since complying with these deadlines can ultimately make or break your case, it is important to consult with a skilled Anchorage auto accident lawyer as soon as possible to protect your interests.
Contact an Experienced Anchorage Car Accident Attorney
Car accident cases tend to be complex, as there are numerous factors involved that make each case unique. Additionally, the liable party’s insurance provider will often deny culpability or offer a lowball settlement. At Farnsworth & Vance, we understand how these insurance companies work, and we know how to aggressively negotiate with adjusters in order to secure the maximum compensation you are owed. When a fair settlement cannot be reached, we are prepared to represent you in trial.
Contact Farnsworth & Vance today at (907) 290-2576 for a free consultation with one of our dedicated Anchorage car accident attorneys.
They fought for every dollar that was rightfully mine. I would 100% recommend Farnsworth and Vance.- Lateecia L.
I have never needed legal representation before and he was so patient, explaining everything in layman's terms for me so that we were on the same page every step of the way.- Francesca B.
I worked with Jeff Vance on my personal injury case. I was more than pleased with the way he handled the case.- Ernie G.
Concierge Level of Service
We believe in taking care of our clients. We'll stand by you & help you navigate the complicated legal process from start to finish, including meeting you at your home or hospital if you cannot travel.
Some of our clients are afraid that, if they hire a lawyer, it means they will have to go to court. Because of our insurance industry insight, we usually settle claims without needing to do so.
Our office handles cases of all sizes & types. Whether you were injured in an accident or a loved one passed away through the fault of another, our office has the experience to help you recover.
Insurance Industry Insight
Our team has insider knowledge of the insurance industry because many used to work for some of Alaska's largest insurance providers. Now, they use that knowledge to advocate for our clients.
T-Boned by an Uninsured Driver $225,000 Recovered, $100,000 Forgiven
Motor Vehicle Accident $174,500 Recovered
Car Accident Worsens Preexisting Conditions $172,000 Recovered, $300,000 Forgiven
Client Hit By Driver Running a Red Light $165,000 Recovered, $70,000 Forgiven
Shoulder & Arm Surgery $160,000 Recovered, $70,000 Forgiven
Motor Vehicle Accident $138,000 Recovered
Motor Vehicle Accident $123,000 Recovered
Car Accident Resulting in Back Pain $120,000 Recovered
Wrongful Death Case $120,000 Recovered
Slip and Fall at a Local Restaurant $117,000 Recovered, $25,000 Forgiven