Car Accident Claims

Being involved in a car accident can be a life-changing experience. In Alberta, car accidents are among the leading causes of injuries requiring hospitalization. Hundreds of community members lose their lives each year as the result of a traffic collision, and thousands more sustain injuries ranging in severity from moderate to catastrophic.

Regardless of their degree of severity, the injuries sustained in Alberta car accidents can have wide-ranging impacts on an accident victim’s life and livelihood. Depending on the circumstances of the accident and its aftermath, injured survivors could feel the negative effects of their injuries for weeks, months, and even years to come.

In Alberta, many fatal or injury-causing car accidents are the result of another motorist’s negligence. Negligence occurs when a driver fails to fulfill the duty of care they owe to other road-users. A driver may be considered negligent if they engage in any number of illegal or wrongful actions while operating their motor vehicle, such as:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
  • Speeding
  • Ignoring traffic signs/signals
  • Improperly changing lanes
  • Driving distractedly
  • Texting while driving
  • And more

Engaging in these types of wrongful actions is a violation of the Alberta Traffic Safety Act. If a driver does not obey local traffic laws and fails to exercise a reasonable degree of caution at all times while operating their motor vehicle, their wrongful actions could have serious repercussions for other unsuspecting, law-abiding road-users. If their negligence leads to an accident in which another road-user is injured, the at-fault motorist may be liable for damages incurred by the injured party, as well as damages they might incur in the future.

Were you injured in a collision caused by someone else’s negligence? If so, we may be able to help you recover the compensation you deserve by taking legal action against the driver who was at-fault for your collision. To learn more about options that might be available to you, contact us today and schedule your free initial consultation with our legal team.

Most Common Causes of Car Accidents in Alberta

Impaired driving is one of the leading causes of fatal car accidents. In Alberta, on average, one in five drivers involved in fatal car accidents were drinking prior to the collision. Drivers who operate their vehicles under the influence of alcohol and/or other substances are more likely to be involved in accidents with more severe consequences.

Another increasingly common form of driver negligence is distracted driving. In just the first three months of 2022, nearly 14,000 distracted driving convictions were issued to drivers throughout the province. Despite increasing awareness of the dangers of distracted driving, many Albertans still engage in this potentially harmful activity without giving it a second thought.

Unfortunately, in the time it takes to glance away from the road to check a cell phone notification, families could be torn apart in violent, preventable motor vehicle collisions. Dozens of Albertans are killed by distracted drivers each year. It is one of the province’s leading causes of traffic accidents. Indeed, distracted driving is responsible for a quarter of fatal car accidents in Alberta.

In addition to human error, inclement weather often plays a role in injury-causing car accidents. Indeed, on average, most Alberta car accidents occur in the month of January in part because of icy, snowy road conditions. However, despite the fact that more collisions may occur during the winter months, car accidents that take place in the summer often have more severe outcomes.

That is because drivers do not always feel the need to exercise as much caution on the road during the summer than they do in the winter. Drivers tend to speed more in the summer months, behaving in a more reckless or carefree fashion. They might also be more inclined to drive home after consuming alcohol at parties or outdoor social events, which could lead to severe, fatal accidents.

Compensation That Might Be Available to Injured Car Accident Victims

Sustaining injuries in a motor vehicle collision can impact a person’s physical, emotional, and financial well-being. The aftermath of a car accident can be expensive, and many injured survivors of motor vehicle collisions find themselves struggling to keep up with their injury-related costs. This is particularly true for accident survivors who have lost wages or experienced a reduced future earning capability as a result of the injuries they sustained in their collisions.

In Alberta, all auto insurance plans must include provisions for Section B benefits. Also referred to as “no-fault accident benefits,” Section B benefits are intended to help people hurt in motor vehicle collisions to offset their injury-related expenses, no matter which party was responsible for causing the accident.

That means, even if your own actions or errors contributed to the circumstances leading to the collision, if you were injured in a car accident, you could be entitled to Section B benefits. However, insurance companies do not always approve accident benefits claims. And those who do receive benefits coverage may find the compensation insufficient to replace their total injury-related financial losses. These damages are often related to:

  • Medical expenses
  • Ambulance bills
  • Medical equipment
  • Prescriptions
  • Mobility aids
  • Physiotherapy
  • Chiropractic sessions
  • Massage therapy
  • Strength-training exercise programs
  • Psychological counseling
  • Home modifications to accommodate acquired disabilities
  • Mileage expenses for trips to and from medical appointments
  • And possibly more

The costs associated with serious injuries can be exorbitant. They can impact both accident victims and their loved ones as they struggle to rebuild their lives in the wake of a serious, disruptive, and life-changing collision. And while insurance coverage may help cover certain costs, additional assistance may be required.

To receive case-specific legal feedback about options you may be able to pursue, contact us today and schedule your cost-free, no-obligation first meeting.

Contact Us For A Free Consultation Regarding Your Car Accident Claim

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To learn more, contact Preszler Injury Lawyers today for your free consultation.

 

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