According to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada there are 160,000 car accidents each year in our country, many of those resulting in serious injury. Car accidents are extremely common but knowing how to handle the aftermath, deal with insurance, submit your police report and find the treatment you need to recover can be confusing and complicated. At Tarrabain Law we work with clients everyday to help guide them through the steps they need to take to protect their rights after an accident has happened.
“There’s a misconception about the amount of settlement someone in a car accident can receive.The minor injury regulation leads them to believe they are only entitled to a capped claim, but that’s not the case,” says Founder of Tarrabain Law, Senia Tarrabain.
“It can be very difficult to tell at first glance what the extent of your injuries are after an accident. Only once a person has undergone all of the necessary testing and has seen a doctor, can the true extent of their injuries be known. We work alongside the client and their physician to ensure we have the full picture before proceeding with a claim.”
Common Causes Of Edmonton Car Accidents
- Drunk Driving
- Disobeying Traffic Rules
- Driving While Tired
- Unsafe Road Conditions
- Vehicle Malfunction
Common Accident Types That Cause Injuries
- Rear end car accidents
- Head-on collisions
- T-bone and side impact
- Hit and run accidents
Timing is critical if you’ve been injured in a car accident. Our experts recommend reaching out for representation as soon as possible. Insurance companies may often make efforts to settle a claim quickly or compensate with a settlement that’s less than what you deserve.
“We sometimes see insurance companies that will strongarm clients into a settlement that does not match the value of the vehicle. It’s important to us that our clients know you do not always have to accept that first offer,” says Tarrabain.
MVA Lawyers Edmonton – How does the Personal Injury Claims process work?
Although the circumstances of each accident are different, the process of reaching a settlement is the same. Our personal injury lawyers and support staff are here to guide you through that process and help ensure you receive a settlement that fairly compensates you for your losses.
Alberta law allows for victims to recover money for both physical and emotional injuries. This can include collecting a settlement that covers general damages, loss of income, cost of future care and out of pocket expenses. If you are injured as a result of an accident, and someone else is at fault, it is your right to seek damages. There are three different sections to any insurance claim, they include:
- Section A which will typically be the most significant portion of your claim. Section A is where our personal injury lawyers are most effective and will work off of contingency so a client is not out of pocket if we do not win a settlement. In this section of a claim we go against the negligent driver’s insurance company to collect general damages, loss of income, loss of opportunity, housekeeping, special damages, out of pocket expenses and cost of future care.
- Section B benefits are afforded to any passenger in a motor vehicle accident and include disability benefits and up to $50,000 in medical benefits. We recommend our clients work directly with their own adjusters to access this benefit but our teams are happy to advise you, to ensure you are receiving what you’re entitled to.
- Section C benefits provide payment to repair or replace your vehicle if it is damaged because of the negligence of another person. Similarly to Section B, we recommend our clients work directly with their own adjusters to access this payment but our teams are always happy to advise you, ensuring you are receiving the full benefit.
If you have questions or you would like to book a free consultation please reach out today.