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Edmonton winters can be beautiful, but they can also be dangerous. Snow piles up on the road; blizzards impair drivers’ vision, and ice makes it easier for cars to slip.
Fortunately, car accident fatalities usually decrease during the winter. More people stay inside instead of risking bad weather, and most people drive slowly in bad weather. However, accidents tend to increase on the first day or two after a snowstorm as drivers adjust to the new weather conditions. This was the case on November 2nd in Edmonton, with 51 collisions reported to police in the morning rush hour alone.
Not all accidents can be avoided, especially when you’re the victim of a negligent driver. Continue reading
After the initial treatment of any injuries sustained, the first concern most people have following a collision is dealing with the damage done to their vehicle. This will involve obtaining funding for any necessary repairs or, if the vehicle is written off, receiving a lump sum payout for the value of the vehicle.
If you have collision coverage on your vehicle, your insurer will be able to assist you. If you are at fault for the accident, they will pay for your property damage, less your deductible. If another party is at fault, and that party has insurance, your insurer will usually pay for the damage to your vehicle less your deductible (although your insurer will likely waive the deductible if liability for the accident is not in dispute) and recover that amount from the at fault driver’s insurer. Continue reading
A minor motor vehicle collision can be a traumatic event. The following are some helpful hints about what to do if you are involved in a collision:
Information You Will Need
At the collision scene obtain all information related to the collision from the other party or parties involved in the collision including:
- Name, address and phone number of all drivers (ask to see their driver’s licences);
- Name, address and phone number of the owners of the vehicle(s) if different from the drivers;
- The licence plate number and vehicle identification number of each of the vehicles, along with their make, model and colour;
- The name of the insurance companies and policy numbers for each of the other vehicles involved.
Most of the time, when a plaintiff is injured and awarded damages by the courts, a lump sum payment will be ordered. Essentially, what this means is that the court will total all of the damage amounts from the various heads of damage that were awarded, such as general damages or cost of future care, and the total amount of money is ordered to be paid to the plaintiff all at once. However, on occasion the courts will order a structured settlement. A structured settlement is a settlement agreed to between the parties where the plaintiff receives the amount of their damages on a periodic, scheduled basis. Continue reading
No one thinks twice about treating physical injuries that result from a car accident. First responders arrive at the accident scene immediately to assess and address any physical damage. If you have whiplash, you’ll likely visit a doctor or chiropractor multiple times until your pain becomes manageable. If you experience long-term health effects, you’ll continue to visit a physical therapist to learn coping strategies for returning to normal life.
However, unlike physical injuries, emotional injuries can be easy to ignore. We often tell ourselves we just need to “get over” the anxiety and PTSD that often follow a car accident, even though we would never tell ourselves to “get over” a broken leg or a brain injury. Continue reading