The natural wonders and wildlife in Alaska prompt many visitors each year to travel to our great state for a wide range of experiences. From the national parks to the glaciers to a relaxing cruise, more than 2 million people traveled to Alaska in just the summer of 2018 alone. While we do our best to be good hosts, accidents do happen. Out-of-state travelers are involved in crashes, and they experience serious injuries that require care. Many accident victims are understandably eager to return home, but they may be unsure of how that may impact their recovery. Is it still possible to obtain compensation for your injuries? And where should you even begin?
Alaska State Laws Apply to Alaska Car Accidents
In general, drivers and passengers should understand that the laws of the state in which the accident occurred are typically the laws that govern behavior after an accident. If your accident happened in Alaska, then Alaska laws apply.
Additionally, Alaska is a “fault” state. This means that the person who was responsible for the accident is responsible for providing compensation to anyone who was injured or suffered property damage in the crash. Typically, this is provided by that driver’s auto insurance company. Alaska also requires all drivers to carry minimum insurance coverage in the event that they do cause an accident.
How to Obtain Compensation After a Victim Leaves Alaska
Whether the trip has come to an end or the accident victim simply wants the comfort of home, the victim will likely leave Alaska soon after the crash. When that happens, victims need an advocate to ensure their rights are still protected in Alaska. Attorney Ben Crittenden has represented many crash victims and helped them to obtain the compensation they needed to recover as fully as possible. While those who are injured have many choices when considering legal representation, Ben is based in Anchorage, and he can provide:
- Knowledge of local laws. The laws in every city, county, and state can vary greatly. An Alaska lawyer will understand the details and the system in his own town, and he can ensure that your case is properly managed.
- Knowledge of local insurance agencies. Many insurance agencies are local to Alaska, or they have local offices that routinely deal with Alaska claims. Ben has dealt with many insurance companies, and he has a thorough understanding of local operations and insurance company tactics.
- A local face for your claim. While many tasks can be completed over the phone from another state, a local attorney can provide a face and a voice for an injury victim. Even when a victim travels back home, they can be confident that they have a knowledgeable advocate right where their claim will be decided.
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in a car accident while visiting Alaska, you have rights that can be protected even after you return home. Even if you aren’t sure if you have a claim, reach out to Ben today. Call his Anchorage office or take a moment to fill out the contact form on this page to speak to Ben and learn more about how he may be able to help.