Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Program (MVAC)
Getting into a motor vehicle accident is stressful enough on its own. There are insurance companies to deal with, deadlines to be met to file certain documents, vehicle repairs, etc. However, another layer of concern and complexity can be added when the driver of the vehicle that struck you is uninsured or cannot be identified (such as in a hit-and-run accident).
How do you deal with a situation where you don’t know whom to contact? How can you claim damages for injuries when there is nobody to sue?
If you are an Alberta resident, the accident occurred within Alberta, and you are not at fault for the accident, you might be able to use the Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Program (MVAC). This program was introduced in 1947 and provides some relief in cases where the at-fault driver was uninsured or is unknown. MVAC is a last-resort option when all other avenues have failed.
Before looking into accessing MVAC benefits, you must have attempted the following:
Besides first attempting the above options, MVAC does come with a few more limitations as well. These include:
If you’ve been in an accident, the best thing that you can do is to contact a personal injury lawyer. Insurance companies generally prioritize their bottom line over the well-being of their customers. This is why the guidance that a lawyer can provide to ensure that the benefits and payouts available to you are maximized is invaluable.
At McGuiness Law, we want to help you do just that. Beyond being passionate about what we do, we care about our clients and find joy and satisfaction in seeing them receive the compensation they deserve.