The Top 4 Questions You Need to Ask
At Moustarah & Company we are dedicated to aiding those suffering from injury due to motor vehicle accidents to find legal solutions. A motor vehicle accident (MVA) or collision (MVC) is often referred to as a car accident but applies to all forms of motor transportation including cars, trucks, vans, motorcycles or SUVs. If you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle collision in St. Albert, knowing the answers to these four questions can ensure you have full access to the support you need today and in the future.
1. Do you know what to do immediately after a vehicle collision?
5 Steps to keep you safe at the scene
- Call 911 for an ambulance if anyone is seriously
- Ensure personal safety. Do not stand near your vehicle in Turn on hazards and move to a safe location.
- Document Scene & Collect personal information from witnesses and the other Always take photos!
- Contact police and file a report for any injury, damage over $2000 or if a driver is uninsured. Call them if
- Contact your insurance provider as soon as possible and give them clear facts and details
5 Steps to keep your future safe
- Do not leave the scene if the collision has resulted in injury or significant property damage – wait for
- Seek medical attention within 24 hours or as soon as possible for a proper assessment, even for minor
- Never discuss fault at the scene, online or with insurance. Only consult with a personal injury
- Monitor your symptoms in coming weeks as injuries or severity are not always immediately
- Repair your vehicle at a shop of your choosing if you prefer not to go with an insurer’s
Keep cones and flares in a vehicle emergency kit to alert other drivers in case of a motor vehicle collision. Know your insurance policy and ask questions if you don’t understand your coverage.
Seek legal counsel with a personal injury lawyer to discuss your rights and compensation for injuries.
2. Do you know where to access a free legal consultation?
Injuries from motor vehicle collisions can severely alter physical health but can also significantly impact a person’s emotional and mental well being. It is in your best interest to consider long term outcomes for your quality of life and your family’s future. Fortunately, there is support and expert legal advice available. Even if you are uncertain what to expect from your injuries, Moustarah and company can help you explore your legal options through our free consultation service.
Legal compensation eligibility
Anyone who is significantly injured in a motor vehicle collision may be eligible to receive compensation for their injuries. This includes drivers, passengers, pedestrians, or c yclists. Legal compensation requires demonstrating that injuries were suffered due to another’s negligence. Common examples are collisions resulting from intoxicated drivers, failure to obey traffic signals, or excessive speeding.
Special cases such as hit and run victims or those injured in a collision with an uninsured motorist may also be compensated through the Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Program (MVAC).
The benefits of legal advice
A lawyer works for you and their first concern should be advocating for your best interests. Find a firm that is compassionate, dedicated and responsive. Many people trust that they are getting the best payout possible from their insurance company and are discouraged from seeking legal advice. It is important to consider that, unlike a good lawyer, an insurance adjuster does not represent you; they represent their company. The insurance industry makes profits by paying out the minimum amount of claims possible. At Moustarah and Company we are fighting for you to receive the maximum legal compensation possible.
Our team of legal experts has over two decades of experience helping those injured in a MVA/MVC. We excel at navigating the complexities of personal injury law, guiding our clients through every step with diligence and compassion. In unique cases that may go to court, our team has ample courtroom experience so you can trust your legal needs will be met in any circumstance. In addition to providing free initial consultations to victims of personal injury, our clients do not pay any fees until their claim is settled. We encourage our clients to focus on recovery and peace of mind while we put all our knowledge and skill into advocating for your best legal interests.
If you are considering a claim, it is highly beneficial to seek advice with a p ersonal injury lawyer as soon as you are able. There is no risk and no cost to receive an initial consultation. Personal injury claims can often be made within two years from the date of your incident. However, not having timely access to evidence and early medical records can significantly limit your claim.
3. Have you documented all types of injury experienced?
Although whiplash is a common type of injury associated with motor vehicle collisions, there are many types of injuries that a victim of a MVA/MVC may be compensated for. The amount of compensation will depend on several factors including:
- The type of injury
- Severity of injury
- Long-term effects of injury
Personal injury lawyers at Moustarah and company apply their legal knowledge and skill to the medical evidence to ensure our clients receive the settlement claim they rightfully deserve.
A list of common physical and mental injuries our personal injury lawyers can advise on are:
- Torn ligaments and tendons
- Broken bones
- Loss of limbs
- Herniated discs
- Back pain
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain injuries
- Chronic pain
- Cuts, contusions, and hematomas
Mental & Emotional Trauma
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Driving anxiety
4. Do you know what to expect during the personal injury claim process?
If you are considering making a claim, you may have several questions. Moustarah and Company have created a free brochure answering many common questions about the personal injury process and compensation. Here is an overview of what you can expect when making a motor vehicle collision injury claim in St. Albert.
Compensation for a MVA/MVC claim may include:
- Physical injury
- Loss of capacity to do daily tasks
- Decreased quality of life
- Income or job loss
- Mental and emotional trauma
- Pain and suffering
- Damage or loss of your vehicle
- Damage or loss of personal belongings
The legal requirements for a personal injury claim
Personal injury claims are made by establishing that another party is legally responsible for the injuries you sustained. Establishing negligence requires carefully gathering and examining the evidence with an experienced personal injury lawyer. This is why it is critical to obtain as much evidence from the MVA/MVC scene and obtaining a medical examination as soon as possible can be critical in maximizing your compensation. Here is a list of important evidence that you should gather if you have been injured in a motor vehicle collision:
- Documented details gathered at the scene
- Witness statements
- Police reports
- Medical reports
- Photos or footage from security cameras
- Event Data Recorders (often installed in newer vehicles to record collision data)
In addition to examining the evidence, our personal injury lawyers at Moustarah and Company can also advise you on critical steps you can take to protect your claim and what actions to avoid that could harm your claim. You will also receive the benefit of focusing on recovery; we will negotiate with the insurance companies on your behalf so you don’t have the stress of being pressured into a lesser settlement than you deserve.
Receiving financial compensation
It is crucial that each case is properly assessed according to the types of injuries sustained, how severe they are and anticipated long-term impacts. Acquiring the proper professional and medical assessments may take time and diligence. There may be legal complexities involved in your case as well. All of these factors mean that we treat every case as unique and give it the due care it deserves. However, If your injuries can be quickly assessed, your claim may be settled in a matter of months.
Significant, permanent or fatal injuries require the due care of a compassionate and skilled personal injury lawyer. Moustarah and company are committed to ensuring the maximum compensation is reached in all cases. You will not be charged any legal fees or expenses until your case is settled. You cannot reopen a claim once it is settled. For this reason, having a legal professional in your corner along the way who is looking out for your best interests is always to your advantage. Most clients receive their compensation payment approximately six weeks after their claim is settled.
Did You Know?
Hundreds of motor vehicle collision injuries occur in St. Albert every year – don’t suffer without support.
Hundreds of motor vehicle collisions resulting in injury occur annually in St. Albert. A significant portion of these collisions resulting in injury occur at major intersections. The corridors of St. Albert Trail and Boudreau Road also see high volumes of traffic; weekday traffic density coupled with faulty driver behaviours of speeding, following too closely, and distracted driving are often contributing causes of motor vehicle collisions. As a municipality that experiences a high volume of commuter traffic from surrounding municipalities, towns and rural areas, many collisions in St. Albert involve both residents and non-residents. If you have experienced injury in a motor vehicle accident in St. Albert, our team at Moustarah and Company can provide you with a free consultation. Contact us today.