If you’re involved in a motor vehicle accident and suffer an injury, your legal rights may be the furthest thing from your mind. You may be confused about your next steps, and you may not realize how important your early actions are to a legal settlement later. Here’s a checklist to help protect your legal interests even before you call an injury lawyer.
An injury caused by a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall, or other type of accident can have serious and far-reaching consequences on your life. In addition to the pain and suffering resulting from the injuries sustained in the accident that begin immediately or soon after the accident, there exists the possibility of long-term, chronic pain and impairment that can reach well into the future.
There is no doubt that driving is a dangerous activity. In fact, it may be one of the most dangerous activities we undertake in modern society. This means that the chance you will be injured at some point in your life as a result of a motor vehicle accident is higher than the chance of.
The automobile industry is gearing up for perhaps the biggest advancement to ever hit the industry: self-driving cars. This futuristic development is primed to forever change our preferred daily method of transportation. Self-driving cars hold the potential to dramatically reduce motor vehicle accidents, reduce traffic congestion, and effectively revolutionize the way that motorists everywhere drive..
In Alberta, if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident with an uninsured driver, you can seek compensation from the Province of Alberta via the Administrator of the Motor Vehicle Claims Act. The Province then later tries to get that money back from the uninsured driver. The Province encourages these uninsured drivers to pay.
People sometimes joke about how we as Canadians seem to apologize even when we have no real reason to apologize. For example, if two individuals brush shoulders walking past each other on a busy street, or almost collide their shopping carts in a supermarket, it’s not uncommon to hear one or both individuals say, “I’m.
Accidents happen. Whether it is on the road of life, or the actual road, mistakes will be made, and accidents will happen. Oftentimes, it is easy to tell who caused an accident. If only one driver did something improper, negligent, or illegal that caused the motor vehicle accident, then only that driver is to blame.
Speeding and motor vehicle accidents often go hand in hand. Drivers who speed are far more likely to be involved in a collision, and are far more likely to be injured in a collision. Speed limits are enforced to varying degrees, depending on the roadway and responsible police force. Speed limits can also themselves vary.
If it seems like there are more bad drivers than ever on our city streets, it’s not just your imagination. In fact, the Calgary Police Service (CPS) reports that there is a growing number of speeders on our roads. According to the CPS’s Annual Report for 2014, a total of 358,538 speeding summons were issued.
Cyclists, moped users and motorcyclists might be a bit safer on the roads if technology being tested by Jaguar Land Rover becomes widely available. Jaguar has developed a driver-alert system that emits a noise (such as a bicycle bell) or gives the driver a virtual tap on the shoulder if there is the danger of.
Imagine that you’re driving down the road and an ad pops up on your car’s computer screen. You’re just two blocks away from a new restaurant, the ad informs you. Location-specific advertising such as this is just one aspect of GPS tracking of vehicles that regulators and automakers are grappling with. The tracking and relaying.
You don’t have to be a personal injury lawyer to know that every city has its share of bad drivers. But it seems Calgary’s drivers might in fact be worse than those in many other cities. According to a recent article in the Calgary Herald, our city has contributed the most bad drivers of any.
It seems like every week there are announcements about new gadgets and safety features for vehicles. Which ones appeal to you? If you’re like the people recently surveyed by Edmunds, you’re probably interested in blind spot detection and rearview cameras with park assist. They were the top two most-wanted vehicle safety technologies among survey respondents. .
The future of driving is connected cars, according to an article in the September 6, 2014 edition of The Economist. The article states that connected cars will make driving “safer, cleaner and more efficient.” There’s certainly a lot of room to improve the safety record of cars. The one billion vehicles on the world’s roads,.
A new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety finds that all voice-activated, hands-free devices cause driver distraction. The study, entitled “Mental Workload of Common Voice-Based Vehicle Interactions across Six Different Vehicle Systems,” found that some hands-free systems are worse than others. The study used 18 male and 18 female participants to measure the.
There is only so much you can do to avoid motor vehicle accidents. Even if you do nothing wrong, you must contend with the actions of other drivers. And if something does happen, your version of events might differ from the other driver’s version. There may not be independent witnesses or traffic camera footage to.
The City of Calgary has just issued a new report showing the most popular cycling locations in the city. It also reveals some interesting demographic data on the city’s cyclists. The report states that nearly 20,000 cyclists were counted at 51 locations across the city for the 2013 Bicycle Count. The busiest count location turned.
Let’s say you’re a passenger in a vehicle and your spouse or another family member is the driver. What happens if that family member makes a mistake and causes a serious accident that results in injuries to you? What are the implications for your insurance claim? In such a situation, your family member’s car insurance.
If you’ve suffered a slip and fall injury or have been in a motor vehicle accident, the day you’ll reach a settlement can seem a long way off. It can be a significant challenge to get by financially while you wait for everything to be resolved. Even if you’ve hired a very capable personal injury.
You’re on a crammed city bus. People are holding bags and various other items, and everyone is jostling for position. During rush hour most bus passengers are standing. If you’re lucky you’re within reach of a pole or strap. Meanwhile, the bus driver is navigating rush hour traffic. Sudden stops are to be expected, especially.
Personal injury lawyers don’t just assist vehicle drivers and their passengers. They also assist cyclists who have been injured on the road. Due to their lack of protection, cyclists often suffer particularly serious injuries following a collision with a vehicle. According to an article in American Family Physician, most bicycle-related injuries happen to the upper.
Publicity around distracted driving is prompting many drivers to avoid texting or calling while driving. Some are opting to use hands-free devices instead, such as an earpiece, a dashboard system or a speakerphone. However, hands-free devices might not offer as much safety as people assume. As highlighted in a new infographic from the National Safety.
Self-driving cars seem to be a matter of ‘when,’ not ‘if.’ As for when, it will likely take at least 20 years for truly autonomous vehicles to become common on our roads. In the meantime, there’s no question that vehicles are becoming more autonomous all the time. Safety features that alert drivers of obstacles (and.
If you have been in a motor vehicle accident, you might wonder if you will have to pay taxes on the settlement that is ultimately reached (or the damages award if it goes to trial). After all, a motor vehicle accident settlement can be in the range of tens of thousands or even hundreds of.
City council in Calgary recently debated whether to make snow tires mandatory for Calgary drivers. City councillors previously considered, and rejected, such a measure in 2010. It seems most councillors remain opposed to forcing drivers to swap out their all-season tires for winter tires once the snow starts to fall. Calgarians are likely to remain.
The dangers posed by distracted driving have gained a lot of attention in recent years. As a result, all 10 provinces now have some form of distracted driving legislation. Provincial fines for distracted driving range from $100 to $400, depending on the province. In some provinces you also receive demerits for a distracted driving offence..
Pedestrian injuries are an unfortunate fact of life, particularly in urban environments. As personal injury lawyers, we often represent pedestrians who have suffered injuries caused by motor vehicles. As would be expected, these injuries are often severe. Many factors influence the severity of a pedestrian’s injuries if they are hit by a motor vehicle. Some.
Another driver hits your car. The damage to your car is minor and you don’t seem to have any injuries. Should you still call a personal injury lawyer? Here are a few reasons why it might be a good idea: 1) The call is free. We’re not aware of any personal injury lawyer who won’t.
Motorcycle riding can be dangerous at the best of times. A study by ICBC found that only two per cent of BC drivers were motorcyclists, and yet they were 15 times more likely than drivers of other vehicles to be involved in a motor vehicle accident. While winter driving conditions make matters worse for all.
Motor vehicle accidents have many causes. One that doesn’t get as much attention as it should is driver fatigue. But that’s starting to change. Calgary Police recently warned that they have seen an increase in the number of collisions caused by driver fatigue. As of early November 2013 they had responded to 96 collisions in.