Quebec Snowbirds involved in car accidents in the USA

What happens if a QUÉBEC RESIDENT is involved in a car accident OUTSIDE of QUÉBEC?

  • Whether or not they are at fault, Québec residents injured in a car accident while outside of their province are entitled to the same compensation as if the accident had occurred in Québec. 
  • The province of Quebec does not allow car accident lawsuits.
  • Québec residents who are responsible for a car accident outside of the province, may be sued in the courts of the jurisdiction where the accident occurred for compensation of bodily injury and property damage. This is why Quebecers need to purchase third party liability coverage from a private insurer.
  • In the same instance if a Québec resident(s) is not responsible for a car accident they can sue the party responsible for the accident, under the laws of the jurisdiction in which the accident occurred.
  • Before suing, Québec residents must notify the SAAQ, which has a right of subrogation and/or priority of payment.   This is a very complicated decision since it involves deciding which path is the most beneficial for a claimant.

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The Quebec Automobile Insurance Act requires drivers of vehicles to have a minimum of $50,000 of third-party liability insurance for property damage.  This protection is available from private insurers.

Quebec is a pure no-fault state – Car accident lawsuits are not allowed!  Monetary compensation is provided by the province of Quebec – commonly referred to as the “Société”.  Every Québec resident who is injured or killed in a traffic accident is eligible to be compensated regardless of whether or not they are responsible for the accident and wherever in the world the car accident happened.

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Visitors to Quebec?

Where the victim of an accident, that occurs in Québec, is not a resident in Québec, he/she is entitled to compensation from the “Société” but only to the extent that he/she is not responsible for the accident.  Lawsuits are not allowed.

Responsibility for the accident is determined according to the ordinary rules of negligence law. Should there be a disagreement about fault, the only remedy a victim has is submitting a query to the Quebec court. The remedy must be exercised within 180 days of the decision as to responsibility rendered by the Société.

Sound complicated?  That’s where Snowbird Accidents comes in.  For over 35 years we have been helping seriously injured Canadians, Snowbirds and travellers get the best legal, medical and rehabilitation they are entitled to.

We understand how complex cross-border accidents are.  The lawyers and attorneys part of our network work collaboratively with lawyers in the various states and provinces to help protect you and your family’s legal rights and remedies.

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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.

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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