Driving your car can be an extremely hazardous activity to partake in. In fact, there are over 140,000 collisions with approximately 18,000 injuries reported each year on the roads in Alberta alone. However, even with the number of crashes that are reported, there are plenty that are not reported. On the bright side, vehicle collisions have been declining over the past several years. If you have been the victim of a car accident that resulted in an injury, you are likely entitled to compensation from the at fault party.
What to Do In Case of a Car Accident
If you ever get into a car accident, the first piece of advice that we can offer you is to stay calm. The next step is to collect information from the other driver, such as their name, address, phone number, license number, VIN, insurance provider name, as well as their policy number. However, don’t forget to get the names, addresses, and phone numbers of the witnesses at the scene of the accident. You should additionally file a police report if your car has suffered from over $1,000 worth of damage or if anyone is injured. If anyone has been injured, make sure they seek medical attention as soon as possible and document it for your lawyer.
Once you leave the scene of the accident, you should contact your insurance company to let them know what happened and start your claim. However, make sure you don’t talk to anyone about your case besides your doctor and the police. You should also seek out the services of a vehicle injury attorney and contact the at-fault driver’s insurance adjustor. However, be careful of their insurance adjustor because their job is to close the claim as soon as possible. Make sure you get assistance from your lawyer about how to approach the adjustor and help you get the most out of the damages you suffered.
Obtaining Compensation From the Damages You Sustained
Fortunately, you might be entitled to Section B Benefits from your insurance policy, which includes compensation for medical expenses and lost wages. However, the law of damages states that whoever is at-fault is required to pay for the injured party’s expenses. For example, if you have to recover from an injury another driver caused, you are entitled to compensation for your lost wages.
You may also be granted reparations for medical treatment, such as prescriptions, ambulance costs, hospital stay expenses, and other costs. Additional damages can include loss of life enjoyment, pain and suffering, as well as general damages for disfigurement, however, those depend entirely on your case. Other factors that can offer you higher reparations are your extent of injury, duration of injury, and the loss of lifestyle. But, your Edmonton car accident injury lawyer can help you see which damages you are entitled to and how you can receive them.
Contact Your Edmonton Car Accident Lawyer
Unfortunately, a car accident can happen to anyone, no matter how good you may be at driving safely. Our offices are always open to injured victims of car accidents, no matter what kind of case you may have. We can offer you help for every step of this complicated process and manage your paperwork for a better chance a successful court case. Feel free to contact our firm to schedule your consultation today!
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