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Understanding Your Rights After a Calgary Car Accident

Posted in: Blog // Written on behalf of Cuming & Gillespie
December 2, 2015

Thousands of car accidents take place in and around the Greater Calgary Area every year. Many of these are minor crashes, causing damage to the vehicles involved yet not resulting in any serious injuries, but all too many of them lead to broken bones, significant soft-tissue and internal injuries, and even fatalities. These accidents can leave those involved with pain and disabilities that can take years to fully heal—and in some cases, cause lifelong debilitations.

This can mean a major disruption to your career, your time with your family and ability to perform a variety of daily activities, and your overall capabilities and enjoyment of life. Lost wages and earning capacity, medical bills, and reduced quality of life due to pain and suffering all deserve compensation, for the direct financial losses incurred and to give you the best possible chance at resuming a normal, productive, and happy life.

When you’ve been seriously injured in a Calgary car accident caused by someone else’s negligence or recklessness, you have the right to seek full and just compensation for your injuries.

Commonalities in All Calgary Car Accident Cases

Every car accident that takes place in Calgary is unique, as is every personal injury claim. In all cases, though, the law in Calgary is clear: the driver responsible for causing a car accident is also responsible for providing far compensation to injury victims. From medical expenses to time missed from work and more, the law holds the negligent party accountable for making the injury victim(s) “whole”—or returning them, as much as possible, to the position they’d be in if the accident had never taken place.

In almost all Calgary car accidents, it is the negligent driver’s insurance company that is ultimately responsible for compensating injury victims. Car accidents are the reason auto insurance is required for all drivers in Alberta; compensating injury victims (and owners of property that might be damaged by vehicles) is literally the reason car insurance exists. Even so, many insurance companies will try to settle for far less than is fair, and may even pressure you into signing a deal for a quick but paltry amount that is not in your best interest.

The insurance companies have experts that deal with accidents and injury victims everyday.

For this reason, the law also entitles you to consult with a personal injury lawyer, and to have a lawyer represent you and your interests in dealing with the insurance company and the Calgary courts. Getting some expertise on your side evens the playing field and gives you the best chance at getting the compensation you are entitled to under the law.

Contact a Calgary Personal Injury Lawyer for Your Car Accident Case Today

Car accidents cause no small amount of stress, confusion, and upheaval, but the sooner you contact an experienced personal injury lawyer the better. If you or a family member has been seriously injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, contact Cuming & Gillespie today for a free no obligation consultation.

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