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The benefits of insurance after a car accident

On behalf of Rooz Law posted in Car Accidents on Thursday, October 2, 2014.

Being injured in a car accident can be physically, emotionally and financially burdensome. Ontario law provides some financial relief through the Statutory Accident Benefits, which insurance companies are required to offer in standard policies.

Whether or not a driver is at fault in a car accident that causes injury to others, Statutory Accident Benefits allow the driver to recover compensation for certain damages. These benefits might include payments that replace lost income, caregiver compensation if the driver is unable to continue caring for a family member, and compensation if the driver cannot do everyday activities and is not eligible for replacement income or caregiver payments. Other expenses that the driver may be reimbursed for include travel expenses for family members who visit during treatment and recovery, home maintenance, housekeeping, lost educational costs, and replacement or repair of damaged items in the accident. Additionally, the family members of the driver could be eligible for death and funeral benefits if the driver dies in the accident.

While these benefits apply to drivers who are insured, drivers who are not at fault and do not have insurance coverage may be entitled to accident benefits. They can fill out the Accident Benefits Application Package and send it to the insurance company that covers the at-fault vehicle. If the vehicle is uninsured, the drivers might receive benefits under the Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Fund. In such cases, the MVACF files a legal claim against the uninsured driver who was at fault in the accident to recover the paid compensation.

Passengers who are injured in traffic collisions could also be eligible for accident benefits whether their names are on the insurance policy that covers the vehicle in which they were riding. Likewise, pedestrians who are involved in crashes may receive compensation from the vehicle insurer. Victims who need help navigating the claims process may receive guidance from a lawyer.

Source: Financial Services Commission of Ontario, “After an Auto Accident: Understanding the Claims Process”, September 30, 2014