Michigan Resident Injured in Ontario Canada Car Accident - Do You need a Lawyer in Canada or in Michigan?
Michigan and Ontario share a common border and, not surprisingly, during ordinary times there is a lot of travel between Michigan and Ontario. The border is one of the most important land crossings for the transportation of goods between the United States and Canada. Additionally, many travelers going between East and West cross through Michigan and Ontario on route to their destination. Unfortunately, sometimes motor vehicle accidents can occur while someone is travelling outside of their home state or province.
If you are a Michigan resident that has been involved in a car accident while travelling through Ontario, you may be wondering what rights you have. Another common question is whether you need an attorney in Michigan or Ontario. In this short article, I’ll try to share some information about your rights if you are a Michigan resident injured in an accident in Ontario, Canada. This is a particularly interesting area of practice for me, as I have close ties to both Ontario and Michigan on a personal level, and on a professional level. I have lived in both Ontario and Michigan, and I am a licensed attorney in both jurisdictions. My experiences working as a lawyer on both sides of the US-Canada border fostered an interest in cross-border accident claims.
The first thing that a Michigan resident should know is that they do have the right to bring a claim in Ontario against an at-fault driver that causes an accident and injury. These claims are governed by Ontario law and must be advanced in Ontario, Canada. Nonetheless, you can advance this claim through an Ontario lawyer without being physically present in Canada. In fact, in the vast majority of cases, the Michigan resident does not need to physically attend in Ontario throughout the duration of their claim. Most proceedings can occur via video conference, and most cases settle outside of court. An injury claim in Ontario is usually paid by the insurance company for the at-fault vehicle. Most vehicles in Ontario have substantial insurance limits, usually in the amount of One Million Dollars or more. There are unique features with Americans injured in Canada, particularly when it comes to damages claims and medical expenses. We have experience helping Americans and Michigan residents recover money for their losses. Often we need to help educate Canadian insurance adjusters about the unique features of US medical expenses and future care costs in order to maximize our client's recovery.
If you are a Michigan resident injured in an Ontario, Canada car accident call us for a Free Consultation. We are happy to speak with you and provide a Free, no obligation, consultation so that you can have your questions answered. If you already have a Michigan attorney and require assistance with the Canadian aspects of your case, we invite your attorney to call us to see how we can assist. We regularly work with attorneys throughout the United States to assist with their cross-border accident claims. Call us toll free at 1-866-234-6093 or complete our online contact form here.
Andrew Iacobelli is an experienced personal injury lawyer who established Iacobelli Law Firm with offices located in Ontario, Canada as well as offices in Florida, U.S.A. Andrew is a licensed lawyer in the State of Michigan, Florida and the Province of Ontario, and restricts his practice to the representation of personal injury victims in claims involving serious injuries and wrongful death.