Personal Injury Lawyers In Alberta For Canada Snowbirds Involved In US Car Accidents

Alberta is undoubtedly one of Canada’s most beautiful provinces. The east side of the Rocky Mountains is home to Banff and its myriad of stunning lakes, hiking trails, and some of the best ski resorts anywhere in the world.

The province is also home to the renowned National Hockey League Edmonton Oilers ice hockey teams.   If Connor McDavid and Zach Hyman have their way, it will soon be the resident Canadian province for the Stanley Cup.  Yes, the Calgary Flames are re-building but to have two NHL hockey franchises in one province is extra special.  Alberta is also Canada’s largest producer of natural gas and oil.

Despite these finer things in life, Alberta sure gets cold in winter. That’s why many residents migrate south in search of sought-after winter sun. States like Arizona, California, Texas, and Florida experience high volumes of migrating Albertans known as “snowbirds”. However, a serious cross border accident can unravel tourists’ best laid plans in an instant.

Travelling Is Not Risk-Free

Snowbirds who reside in Alberta but vacation in the US may find themselves in need of legal services while down there. The unfortunate reality is that car accidents and other serious personal injury accidents happen every day. Since many Canadian – Alberta residents opt to drive to their winter residences, driving long hours through unfamiliar locations can increase one’s risk of misfortune. If the fun comes undone due to catastrophic or serious personal injury, Snowbird Accidents is here for you.

Before travelling south, Alberta residents need to review their current medical and travel insurance. Firstly, you should understand what you are actually covered for. If you’re not sure or you want to purchase extra travel and medical insurance, you should speak to an insurance broker. Secondly, Alberta car insurers offer Underinsured Motorist Insurance.  It is not an automatic policy add on.  It has to be purchased.  It also have to extend to love ones who are in the car with you.  It is a must have for all Albertans travelling across North America.

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What Should You Do If You’re Involved in An Accident Outside Of Alberta?

Underinsured and Uninsured Motorist Coverage

Most of, if not all, Alberta car insurance policies provide underinsured and uninsured coverage. This is very important since most US car drivers have minimal car insurance coverage. Albertans should check with their brokers and top up all their car insurance benefits. Every individual needs to make sure they have the best car insurance they can afford. Especially when planning to drive for long distances south, as most snowbirds do, to escape Canada’s cold northern climate.

Alberta Car Insurance and Contractual Accident Benefits

Alberta’s car insurance regime allows tort claims based on “fault”. Passengers are rarely at fault. Therefore, the issue of fault primarily falls upon drivers. Each Alberta car insurance policy provides contractual medical and rehabilitation benefits to insured persons. They are available regardless of fault, no matter where the accident happens.

Alberta Residents Should Seek Legal Services If Involved In A Personal Injury Accident In The US

The law of the state where the accident happened dictates the rights and remedies you have (Tort rights). In most states, you can sue (or be sued) for pain and suffering and any economic losses suffered. Furthermore, each state has different procedural rules as to when and how a claim can be made. If a claim is not brought against the defendant within the statutory time limits, it will be statute barred and can result in you being denied the compensation you deserve.

For over 35 years, we have been assisting Canadians involved in car accidents and other personal injury accidents in the United States. Very few lawyers understand the complexity of cross-border accidents. After a car accident or other serious accident, has occurred, you will need a lawyer in both the state the accident occurred and in your home province too. It’s crucial that the two lawyers work collaboratively to ensure your rights and remedies are properly protected.

Snowbird Accidents can arrange for some of the best personal injury lawyers and attorneys to help you navigate this process quickly, without added stress.  Both lawyers share one contingency fee based on the work performed. Since these lawyers work on a contingency basis, you will only pay for the services rendered once your settlement has been received. This helps you to focus on your recovery, not your finances.

Obtain Legal Services in The State or Province You Were Injured in Now!

Any personal injury law firm, personal injury lawyer, or personal injury attorney we recommend has shown they have extensive knowledge and expertise you can trust when faced with the challenge of a cross-border accident. In most instances, you can deal directly with them by going to their website. As an alternative, you are welcome to complete the contact form or give us a call.

Snowbird Accidents Recommends the Following Lawyer In Alberta

Cuming & Gillespie

Maia Tomljanovic


Maia Tomljanovic is a Partner at Cuming & Gillespie Lawyers in Calgary, specializing in medical malpractice, personal injury, and professional negligence. After earning her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business in 2008 and her Juris Doctor from the University of Saskatchewan in 2012, she has devoted her practice to exclusively representing injured parties and their families. Leveraging her prior experience as a Judicial Clerk in the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, Maia offers a unique insider’s perspective on court proceedings and has a strong track record in alternate dispute resolution.

Frequently Asked Snowbird Insurance, Travel And Personal Injury Questions

Snowbird Accidents is not a law firm. We are an International “Qualifying Referrer”. We provide information about car accidents, car insurance options, medical insurance options, personal injuries, and more. We do not provide legal advice. That is the job of the personal injury attorney or lawyer that you end up retaining.

We can recommend  personal injury lawyers familiar with the complexities of cross-border accidents in the province you reside in and the state you were injured in. The lawyers and attorneys recommended by us are leaders in their field and frequently deal with catastrophic car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents.

The Snowbird Helpline offers peace of mind if the unthinkable happens. We are here to connect you with a team of lawyers and attorneys that are knowledgeable about personal injury claims, no matter what province or state you were injured in.

When a serious personal injury happens in a different country, you quickly need help. That’s where Snowbird Helpline comes in. Our team has extensive knowledge and expertise that you can trust when faced with the challenge of a cross-border accident.

We are not lawyers or a law firm. No legal fees are paid or shared with us. Instead, we offer advice on what your next steps should be and who you should contact. We recommend personal injury lawyers and attorneys that are familiar with the complexities of cross-border accidents.

For over 35 years, we have assisted Canadian snowbirds involved in car accidents and other personal injury accidents in the United States.

Snowbird Accidents assists people experiencing serious personal injuries of all kinds. Primarily we assist with those who have been involved in serious car accidents, pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents, or trucking accidents.

We are here to help organize the steps you have to take with your insurance company and connect you with experienced personal injury lawyers and attorneys, and more.

Snowbird Accidents is a USA corporation with headquarters in West Palm Beach, Florida, and offices in Toronto, Canada.

We offer expertise and personal injury lawyer recommendations in over 50 states and 10 provinces. To quickly get in touch with us about your situation, give us a call at 1-800-436-0353.

Our goal is to be accessible at all times to snowbirds who require assistance. You can fill out our online contact form or give us a call at 1-800-436-0353.

Additionally, you can contact the lawyers mentioned on our site directly through their websites or online contact information.

Your health and safety, plus the health and safety of your family or other injured parties is always top priority. Be sure to seek out medical attention immediately. It is important to make sure the police are contacted.

If possible, while still on the scene, obtain the driver’s license and insurance information of those involved in the accident. If possible, get contact information for all witnesses. Additionally, you should take notes and pictures of everything you can. This includes the scene of the accident, the other car, any visible injuries, and what caused the accident if known.

Make sure that your doctors are informed about the accident and all of your injuries. Take notes of what the doctor advises and keep a record of your injuries and healing process.

As soon as you are able, contact Snowbird Helpline. We can help advise you of the next steps you should take.

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