The rules pertaining to hit-and-run accidents have changed, both above and below the Canadian/US border. Authorities in Alberta have laid out very specific rules, concerning who qualifies for the receipt of benefits from the Motor Vehicle Accidents Claims Fund. That fund compensates both drivers involved in collisions, bicycle riders hit by a motorist and also pedestrians that have become the victim of a hit-and-run incident. With tort-based claims in Alberta, the regulations differ here.
What characteristics of a victim’s life, or involvement in the accident allow him or her to qualify for benefits from Alberta’s Motor Vehicle Accidents Claims Fund (MOVAC)?
• The injured victim is a resident of Alberta.
• The victim sustained his or her injury in Alberta.
• The victim had no access to any type of insurance coverage.
• The victim tried to determine the identity of the at-fault driver.
• The victim notified MOVAC of the accident-related injury within 90 days of the same accident.
• If there was an insured defendant, the victim filed a lawsuit against that insured defendant.
How much money can a qualified victim hope to obtain, as compensation for injuries?
According to Canadian law, the maximum compensation for the victim of a hit-and-run incident is $200,000. Note that the same victim has the right to file a lawsuit against any insured defendant, with the help of a personal injury lawyer in Sherwood Park.
Rules for the hit-and-run victim
He or she must try to determine the identity of the driver that left the scene. If he or she lives in the same home as someone with a car insurance policy, that insurance company must cover the victim’s medical bills, unless the at-fault driver has been identified and contacted.
You are eligible to file a claim if you are a resident of Alberta and got injured and can show documents proving the physical or mental injuries/traumas. However, you are not eligible to be compensated for property damage. Additionally, the claim is processed if the accident took place in Alberta and was due to the fault of the other driver who was unknown or uninsured.
Advice for victims of hit-and-run incidents
Pedestrians that stay alert can lower their chances for becoming the victim of a hit-and-run incident. Experts have talked about using and wearing protective clothing. It is a protective vest, one that can be seen at night, or during a time when the skies are cloudy. Of course, not every pedestrian will want to wear such a colorful vest but bicyclists and pedestrians can be visible easier if they don such a vest.
For that reason, types of safety gearfeature a woven material. A special luminescent thread has been woven into that particular material. When light hits that material, the special thread lights up. That specific feature has aided production of a safety beanie, along with safety gloves.