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Gathering Compelling Evidence For Your Case

Compelling Evidence for Your Case: Photography, Witness Statements, and Police Reports

In the immediate aftermath of a collision in Alberta, it is important to take certain steps to ensure your safety, gather necessary information, and protect your interests. Here's what you should do:

Ensure Safety: First and foremost, prioritize safety. Move your vehicle to a safe location, if possible, away from traffic. Turn on hazard lights and set up warning triangles or flares, especially at night, to alert other drivers.

Check for Injuries: Assess yourself and others involved in the collision for injuries. If anyone requires immediate medical attention, call emergency services right away.

Notify Authorities: Contact the police to report the collision, particularly if there are injuries, significant vehicle damage, or if it involves a hit-and-run situation. In Alberta, it is mandatory to report collisions that result in injuries, deaths, or property damage exceeding $2,000. Even if you believe the damage may not initially exceed $2,000.00, it’s advisable to have your vehicle inspected at a reputable body shop of your choice. Hidden damage could be present, and a professional assessment can uncover any underlying issues.

Exchange Information: Exchange important information with the other parties involved. Obtain their names, contact details, driver's license numbers, vehicle registration information, and insurance details. Provide your own information as well.

Document the Scene: If it is safe to do so, document the accident scene. Take photographs of the vehicles involved, the damage incurred, the positioning of the vehicles, and any other relevant details. These visuals can serve as valuable evidence later.
Gather Witness Information: If there are witnesses to the collision, collect their names and contact information. Their testimonies may support your version of events.

Report to Authorities: Within 24 hours of the collision, file an official report with the police. Provide a detailed account of what happened and ensure accuracy in your statements.

Seek Medical Attention: Even if you don't have immediate visible injuries, it is advisable to seek a medical evaluation. Some injuries may manifest later, and having medical documentation can be essential for insurance claims.

Notify Your Insurance Provider: Inform your insurance company about the collision as soon as possible. Provide them with accurate and comprehensive details of the incident

Complete Section B Accident Benefit Applications: Obtain the Section B Accident Benefit Application forms from your insurance provider. Fill out the form accurately and thoroughly, providing all necessary information about the accident and your injuries. Be prepared to cooperate with your Section B insurance adjusters during the claims process. They may request additional information or an independent medical examination to assess your injuries.

It is advisable that you do not speak with the Insurance adjuster representing the Defendant that caused your injuries. Insurance adjusters are focused on minimizing the insurance company's liability and may offer settlements that are lower than what you deserve. A lawyer can negotiate on your behalf to ensure you receive the maximum compensation available under the policy.

Protecting your rights: By involving the lawyers at LT Lawyers LLP, you have someone who is solely dedicated to protecting your rights and advocating for your best interests throughout the claims process. We can handle communication with the insurance company, gather evidence, and handle any legal complexities that arise.