Below are some key questions that a lawyer will likely ask the first time you contact them about your motor vehicle accident. These questions help the lawyer determine whether they can assist you. 1) What happened? Basic details about the accident help the lawyer determine whether the other driver was entirely or at least partially.
Let’s say you were in a car accident where another driver hit your vehicle. You got all of their information at the accident scene — insurance, registration, driver’s licence number. So far so good. A few months go by. You’ve been getting treatment for your injuries. You’ve been communicating with the other driver’s insurer about.
Vehicle colour does affect safety and car accidents. Various studies make this clear. But the precise findings might surprise you. One study found that drivers perceive red as the safest vehicle colour, probably because of its association with safety equipment. The same study found that drivers, paradoxically, also considered red to be the most dangerous.
You slipped and fell while on someone else’s property, or perhaps another driver hit your vehicle. You have suffered injuries. But can you prove your injuries were the fault of the other person? Do you have a winnable personal injury case? To successfully pursue a claim for negligence, your personal injury lawyer will need to.
Accidents such as motor vehicle collisions and slips and falls can lead to chronic pain. Chronic pain is a long-lasting condition that interferes with a person’s quality of life, their relationships and their ability to work. The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine defines chronic pain as follows: Pain that lasts beyond the term of an injury.
If someone gets into an accident with your vehicle and they DID have permission to drive it, then you’re clearly liable. Your insurance company will have to defend the claim and your rates will likely go up if the driver of your vehicle is found at fault. But what if the driver did not have.
Here are a few suggestions to avoid a motor vehicle accident claim: Drive Defensively This requires a shift in mindset. Don’t think only in terms of what other drivers are likely to do, or what would be reasonable for them to do. Instead, think in terms of what is possible for them to do. The.
Insurance companies are required to act in good faith. They are not supposed to fight tooth and nail to deny reasonable claims. If an insurance company does not act in good faith — if it behaves badly — a court can award punitive damages to the plaintiff. Punitive damages are also called exemplary damages. Punitive.
The vast majority of personal injury claims don’t go to trial. Most get settled long before that in the months following the accident. In fact, well over 90 per cent of injury claims are settled without going to trial. This is good. Trials are stressful and uncertain. They take a long time. They are also.
We care a lot about our clients. And we fight tooth and nail to get them the best settlement possible. But some clients are their own worst enemy. They hurt their chances of a fair and speedy settlement by doing silly things. Help your personal injury lawyer help you by doing the following: 1) Be.
Motor vehicle accidents are a common — and often tragic — fact of life in Canada. There were 2,227 motor vehicle fatalities across the country in 2010, according to Transport Canada. The number of people injured in motor vehicle accidents was much larger — 170,629. Of these, 11,226 were serious injuries. You can reduce your.
The cost of hiring a lawyer can seem out of reach for many people. Fortunately, anyone can get the professional legal assistance they need if they’ve been injured in an accident. This is because personal injury lawyers typically charge on a contingency basis. This means that the client pays nothing out of pocket. The lawyer.
Most drivers know that if they’re involved in an accident they should get as much information as possible from the other driver. But what if the other driver resists giving you that information? Section 69 of Alberta’s Traffic Safety Act requires any driver involved in an accident to provide the following information upon request: name.
Let’s say you’ve suffered an injury due to someone else’s negligence. What if you had a pre-existing condition that made the consequences worse for you than they would be for someone without that condition? Is the negligent person nevertheless responsible for all of those consequences? In general, the answer is yes. In such a situation.
This is a common question. In fact, it’s probably the most common question asked of personal injury lawyers, along with, “How much will I get?” Wanting to get your settlement quickly is understandable. After all, if you’ve been in an accident, you’ve incurred unexpected expenses. These expenses might include over-the-counter medication, fuel for trips to.
What happens if you’re injured by a hit and run driver? Are you on your own, with little or no hope of compensation? Fortunately, there are provincial programs to help victims of hit and run drivers. In Alberta it’s called the Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Fund (MVAC). This program also ensures that victims of uninsured.
There seems to be a great deal of confusion about so-called “Section B” benefits. Section B benefits are also known as “AB Benefits” or “accident benefits.” People are not sure exactly what they are entitled to, who pays, whether accessing these benefits counts as an insurance claim, and so forth. I will attempt to address.
There has been much discussion in the media lately about texting or talking on the phone while driving. Alberta recently introduced its own version of a “distracted driving law.” While reading the blog offerings of my colleagues around the country, I came across one by Nicole Kelly of Slater Vecchio, a British Columbia personal injury.
Since 2004, the “minor injury cap” legislation has been in place in Alberta, which limits maximum damages for pain and suffering for “minor” injuries to $4,000. However, a new case has clarified the law around dental injuries. This case could set a new precedent for accident victims seeking compensation for dental injuries. The recent decision of Madame.
A young girl recently died when she was ejected from her vehicle when it was struck by another vehicle on the Trans-Canada Highway. This happened near Valley Ridge in the Calgary area. The girl was not wearing a seat belt. I feel it’s important to draw some attention to this issue. In particular, I wish.
In 2004 the Alberta Government enacted legislation that “caps” or limits damages payable for pain and suffering to a maximum of $4,000 for so-called “minor injuries” – whiplash-related injuries, strains and sprains – suffered in a motor vehicle accident. The “cap” is now around $4,500, adjusted for inflation. Injuries eligible for minor injury claims If.