Trucking accidents in Alaska can happen at any moment. Most anyone that has spent much time on Alaskan roads will know that extreme circumstances are sometimes difficult to avoid.
In most cases, a commercial drivers license (CDL) is required and would indicate the truck driver is well trained. However, mistakes can still happen. Depending on the situation and whether there is a commercial truck, such as a box van that may be part of a fleet of business delivery trucks, to an 18-wheeler hauling large loads, the accident may vastly differ and every case may need to be handled in an entirely unique way that may be very specific to Alaskan laws and regulations in regards to truck accidents.
Initially, the truck driver must be identified appropriately. This step is not always the easiest to do and is something that an attorney can assist you with. In this case, it is usually best to have a local attorney in Alaska.
This may be a situation where the trucker was working for a local Alaskan employer or Alaska trucking company, and was therefore covered under the business’s insurance. If this employee exercised negligence while driving the vehicle in question, then the trucker and the trucking company may be able to be named as defendants in the case.
Another situation may arise, however, where the person driving the truck was acting as a sole proprietor or contractor. This would then complicate things a bit more as the trucking company may have written into the contract terms that would help protect that company from any accident liability. This is not always something that would be upheld in court should a case be filed. Again, this is where an attorney with experience can help.
The federal government regulates and oversees the trucking industry, and there are many rules and regulations in place that are used to ensure truckers and trucking companies follow local Alaskan and federal laws. Additionally, there are required logs and data to determine distances of travel, loads being carried, and much more that can in many times assist with determining the outcome of the situation. These items are very important in the beginning processes of any trucking accident case, and it is imperative that an experienced attorney in these matters see you through the process to ensure nothing is missed.
Most trucking accident cases are won or lost in the discovery process, the stage before a trial, but after the filed claim. The purpose of this stage of discovery, is to allow both parties to build out their case around gathered data and facts. The better this stage is handled, the more likely it is that your case will make it to trial. This is something that is best handled by an experienced attorney who is well-versed in the local laws.
Alaska Trucking Accident Lawyer
Vehicle accidents are difficult to deal with, but truck accidents can be far more difficult to handle and should never be dealt with alone. If you or someone you care about has been in a truck accident in Anchorage, Wasilla, Palmer, Fairbanks, Kenai, Soldotna, or anywhere else in Alaska, contact Pentlarge Law Group. We are here to help.