According to the 2019 Alaska Injury Facts Report, incidents involving motorcycles account for 8 percent of serious transportation-related injuries. Motorcycle accidents usually cause minor to severe injuries, including facial fractures, road rash, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, limb amputation, disfigurement, paralysis, and sometimes death.
If you or a family member were injured in a motorcycle accident caused by another person’s negligence, you may hold the responsible party liable. Syren Law Offices is committed to offering comprehensive representation to personal injury and motorcycle accident victims. Attorney Les Syren can fight compassionately to protect your rights and help pursue fair financial compensation to cover medical expenses, future medical treatment, lost income, and pain and suffering.
Syren Law Offices is proud to serve motorcycle accident victims throughout Anchorage, Alaska, and surrounding areas of Palmer, Wasilla, Kenai Peninsula, Kotzebue, Bethel, Utqiaġvik, and Fairbanks.
Oftentimes, motorists find it difficult to see motorcycles and their riders. In an effort to prevent or limit accidents, the State of Alaska imposes strict motorcycle laws that all motorcyclists are expected to follow:
Adequate lighting is crucial to increase conspicuity and visibility to oncoming traffic, improve safety, and prevent head-on collisions and other accidents. Motorcyclists in Alaska are required by law to have their headlights on at all hours.
According to Alaska motorcycle law, a driver of a motorcycle or motor-driven cycle may not pass or overtake another vehicle in the same lane occupied by the vehicle being overtaken.
In Alaska, safety helmets are required by law for motorcycle operators under 18 years and all passengers or riders, regardless of their age.
Unless your motorcycle or motor-driven cycle is equipped with a windscreen that is at least 15 inches above the handlebars, motorcyclists are required by law to wear eye protection.
Lane splitting is a traffic maneuver that involves a motorcyclist driving between two rows of motor vehicles that are moving in the same direction. Lane splitting is considered dangerous in Alaska and has been made illegal statewide. No motorcyclist may not drive between adjacent lanes or lines of traffic or between adjacent lines or rows of vehicles.
If you were involved in a motorcycle accident, here is what to do:
Get to safety.
Seek adequate medical treatment for your injuries.
Report the incident to the police or law enforcement agency.
Collect relevant information from the other drivers involved in the accident, including name, phone number, address, insurance information, and license number.
Gather required documentation, including the police report, medical records, medical treatments, doctor’s appointments, accident scene photos, and witness statements.
Document details of your personal account of the motorcycle accident and how it has affected your day-to-day life.
Notify your insurance company about the accident.
Hire a knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorney to help you file injury claims or negotiate a fair settlement with the insurer.
Alaska is a “fault” state. This means that the person responsible for the accident will pay for injuries and damages to the other driver or victims using their insurance. A person who suffers any form of injury or property damage due to a motorcycle accident may proceed in one of three ways:
File a claim with your own insurance provider
File a third-party claim directly with the at-fault driver’s insurer
File a claim or personal injury lawsuit in court against the at-fault driver
Alaska follows a pure comparative negligence rule. This means that even if you were partially at fault for the traffic accident, you may still sue for damages and pursue compensation.
Losing a loved one or being involved in a motorcycle accident can be an overwhelming and emotional experience. Such an accident can affect you physically, financially, and mentally. A knowledgeable Alaska personal injury attorney can help protect your rights and pursue your rightful compensation.
The Syren Law Offices has been providing experienced legal guidance and compassionate representation in motorcycle accident cases for more than 30 years. As your legal counsel, he can help you with the following:
Fight to protect your rights and represent your best interest
Review every detail of your case and conduct a detailed investigation
Gather important information, pieces of evidence, and documentation
Prove fault and establish liability
Determine and estimate case-value
Handle all communication and negotiations on your behalf while you recover
Negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance provider
File a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, where applicable
If you or your loved one were injured in a motorcycle accident involving a negligent party, call Syren Law Offices to schedule a free one-on-one consultation. Attorney Les Syren can fight compassionately on your side to protect your rights and help you pursue fair financial compensation for your injuries, damages, pain and suffering, or loss. He is proud to represent clients throughout Anchorage, Palmer, Wasilla, Kenai Peninsula, Kotzebue, Bethel, Utqiaġvik, and Fairbanks, Alaska.