First, it is important to know that fault in Alaska is apportioned to all responsible parties. It isn’t always the driver who got injured and the driver of another vehicle — sometimes a third party is involved who had something to do with the accident. It all depends on the unique details of your accident.
If you are found to be partially responsible for the accident yet you still suffered a personal injury, it doesn’t mean you can’t file a claim for compensation. The amount of compensation will be determined based on the percentage that the other party is responsible for the accident and injury. For example, if another driver is at fault for 25 percent of the accident damages, he or she will compensate based on that percentage.
Depending on the nature of the accident and who was involved, determining a fair percentage of faults can be complicated, making the process of receiving a fair amount of compensation complicated as well. Having a personal injury attorney on your side to ensure that the fault is determined fairly can help you get the compensation you truly deserve and avoid excessive blame for the accident.
Injured in a Single-Vehicle Accident?
Many people who were involved in single-vehicle accidents automatically assume that they were fully to blame. However, the truth is that many times, the driver was only partially at fault. There are many other external factors that might have contributed to your accident, and you should not assume fault until you talk with a personal injury attorney to examine all of the facts.
Contact an Attorney and File a Claim
If you know you’re partially responsible for an accident, don’t let that prevent you from filing a personal injury claim if your injuries have had a significant impact on your life and finances. Your own car insurance may cover some of the damages and provide compensation for your injuries, depending on your individual insurance plan, but that still might not be enough. Filing a claim for compensation from the party who shares responsibility for the accident is fair and often necessary. At Paskvan & Ringstad, P.C. we will answer any questions or concerns you have about filing a claim if you are partially responsible for the accident.
We work with every personal injury case from beginning to end to make sure that our clients get the fair treatment they deserve, even if they are partially at fault. If you have any questions about filing a personal injury claim in Fairbanks, AK, don’t hesitate to contact us.