Driving a vehicle is simultaneously one of the most common activities and one of the most dangerous. In Alberta alone, around 22,000 car accidents that result in injury or death are reported every year. For each crash that is reported, there are many more that are not. Though fatalities on the road are in decline, accidents are still all too common. This is why it is so crucial that you know what to do if an accident occurs.
What to Do If You Are in a Car Accident?
Though car accidents are common, they can still be very scary and overwhelming. The first thing to remember is to take a deep breath. At the scene of the accident, exchange the information with the other driver. Be sure to get their name, phone number, address, vehicle registration number, insurance company name, and policy number. You should also obtain contact information for any witnesses. You should also file a police report if you are injured or if your car has sustained more than $1,000 in damage.
If you or anyone in your car was injured during the accident, you should seek medical care as soon as possible. You should also contact your insurance company, too. Refrain from speaking to anybody other than the police and your healthcare provider about how your accident occurred or the extent of your injuries. Prior to speaking with the at fault driver’s insurance adjuster, contact a car accident injury attorney. The adjuster will likely want to settle your claim as quickly as possible. However, it is not in your best interest to do so. A professional lawyer can guide you through this process and help you to get the damages that you are due.
Obtaining the Damages You Are Entitled To
You may be entitled to Section B Benefits according to the vehicle’s insurance policy. These benefits can include lost wages and medical expenses. According to the law of damages, the person who is found to be at fault is required to restore the injured party to their normal condition as well as they can with money.
If you have lost the ability to work because of your injuries, you are entitled to be compensated for lost wages. Additionally, you are entitled to compensation for both past and future medical treatment including ambulance costs, prescriptions, chiropractic care, and more. You may also be entitled to general damages for disfigurement, loss of life enjoyment, and pain and suffering. These damages will depend on the specifics of your case. Some factors include loss of lifestyle, injured party’s name, extent of the injury, duration and seriousness of the injury, and the results of other similar cases.
Your lawyer can help you to determine which damages you are entitled to and help you to receive them. They can also obtain the necessary documents to build and improve your claim.
Contact a Calgary Car Accident Lawyer
Car accidents can happen to anyone, no matter how good of a driver you are. If you have been injured in a car accident in Calgary, be sure to contact us. We can aid you during every step of the process from filing paperwork to arguing your case in court. We will take all of the hassle out of the legal process and get you the damages you are entitled to so you can focus on yourself, your health, and your family. Contact us to schedule a consultation today.
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