A car accident is one of the most stressful events you’ll ever be involved with. The moment of collision is terrifying and traumatizing. The accident has damaged your personal property. You have probably sustained injuries.
In many cases, these injuries are extensive. They require weeks of missed work time while you recover in the hospital. They may require years of follow-up surgery and care.
In Alberta, you’re entitled to injury coverage regardless of whether you were at-fault for the accident, as long as the other party was at least 51% responsible. That doesn’t mean the insurance companies involved with your case won’t try everything in their power to reduce or eliminate the amount of money they have to pay you.
The team at Merchant law is here to ensure you get paid the compensation you’re entitled to so that you can focus on recovering from your injuries and getting your life back on track.
How to Strengthen Your Car Accident Claim
Everything you say and do directly after the accident can make a big difference to the strength of your claim or case later.
You should take the following steps:
Exchange insurance information with the other driver.
Avoid saying anything which could indicate you think you’re at fault for the accident or that you’re taking responsibility for it. Alberta is a comparative negligence province. The human impulse to say “I’m sorry” could result in a lower settlement or award.
Call the police. Let the police officers gather the evidence and put together a report. If asked what happened you can say you aren’t sure.
Gather contact information for any witnesses who were on the scene. Take photos of the site if you can.
Get medical attention, even if you don’t think you’re hurt. If it turns out that you were hurt and you did not get attention the insurance companies can use this against you to deny your claim.
Contact a car accident lawyer. Do it the same day as the accident if you can, even before you report the accident to your insurance company.
If you have already made any mistakes in this process you should let us know during your consultation with us so that we may adjust accordingly.
Once we take your case we’ll work with you to gather the evidence you’ll need to get the compensation you’re entitled to. We’ll also help you identify other responsible parties who might need to be brought into a lawsuit, such as a vehicle manufacturer or the company who employed the other driver.
Get Help from Merchant Law Today
Contacting Merchant Law is risk free. We work on a contingency fee basis. This means we don’t get paid unless you do. There’s no charge for asking questions or for telling us about your situation.
We typically help our clients get far more money than they could have gotten on their own (sometimes ten times as much). Even after you account for our fees you will come out ahead. We’ve earned a reputation for being some of Alberta’s toughest litigators. We know how to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Call (780) 474-7777 to get started today, or visit our office at:
9707 110 St NW, Suite 325
Edmonton, AB T5K 2L9