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How Long Do At-Fault Accident Stay on Your Records in Alberta?

What you need to know about how at-fault accidents

Accidents happen, that’s why they are called that. No matter how good of a driver you are, at some point in your life you may be involved with an accident.  Whether it was someone else’s fault or the result of a few surprising and unexpected seconds on an Alberta road. 

Your driving record can affect  other factors in your life, contained within your driving record it gives a detailed description of your driving offences (like speeding tickets or other minor traffic offences), serious infractions like DUIs or other suspensions, and of course, any accidents whether they were your fault or not. 

This is why it’s important to understand how accidents can affect your driving record, insurance premiums and life.  In this article, we’ll be going over how at-fault accidents affect not only just your driving record but your life as well. 

How long will an at-fault accident stay on my driving record?

The first thing that needs to be covered is how long an at-fault accident will stay on your record. If you were the responsible party who caused the accident, this will be reflected on your driving record for up to 6 years.  But one of the major considerations that will need to be determined first is who is actually at fault for the accident.

Another important factor that causes concern with many individuals is how an at-fault accident will affect their insurance premiums. If another driver is deemed at fault for the accident, your insurance premiums will not be affected. But if you are deemed to be at fault, you can expect to have this reflected on your driving record and be responsible for any personal injuries or property damage as well. 

Can I sue the at-fault driver in an accident?

According to the Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Act (MVACA), if you were to pursue someone who is at-fault for an accident (regardless if they were wholly or just partially responsible) you have every right to sue for any injuries, death or property damage that resulted. The at-fault driver or drivers hold all the liability and therefore will be responsible for paying any of the aftermath of the accident. 

How can injury lawyers help?

If you choose to pursue someone legally for a car accident, it can be a little tricky, especially if you have no previous experience. In Alberta, if you are legally suing someone for damage incurred after an accident whether it be for bodily injury or property damage, you must sue and name all parties who might be reasonably considered to be at fault for this accident. If you discontinue your claim against one or more of these parties, the payment of your claim could be denied. This is where injury lawyers can help immensely. Their experience with car accident lawsuits can help make this stressful time a lot smoother and less stressful. 

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