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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - November 12, 1971, Winnipeg, ManitobaWinnipeg free press Friday november 12, 1971 who pays claims continued last year there were about hit and run accidents in the City of Winnipeg. A police spokesman said in Only about one third of these were the Drivers Ever found and charged concerning the second Type of Accident or. Dutton said _ it would be up to the Drivers involved in an Accident to decide fault and who should pay the other Driver s deductible costs As Well As his own. For example if two cars collided at an intersection and both Drivers considered them selves to be free of blame for the Accident then the matter would have to be settled in Dependently bythe Small claims court. However or. Dutton said he doubts Many claims will Ever reach the court As most Drivers know deep Down who is really at fault for any a in All accidents Javo adjusters take the particulars and state ments from the motorists involved and must decide what ratio of blame should be at " cached to. Each Driver. Once this ratio has been v established the adjusters present it to the two Drivers who then either accept the decision or they la have to have their Day Edward aut Opac claims officer said some Drivers initially will have to pay the deductible portion of their damage when they take their vehicles in to be repaired. The deductible portion will be refunded usually within a week if the Driver is cleared of . Officials hopeful continued but it is Only when liability for an Accident in t Clear or when the people involved Dis Pute the liability that both Drivers will have to pay the deductible and Settle their differences in he said. We Don t feel this will Hap pen very often and i would say 95 per cent or better will accept the advice of the adjusters As signed to handle their Accident he added. In a Case where blame is Clear Cut which it usually is then Drivers won t have to pay anything if they re not at fault. We Hope to prevent As Many delays As possible from happen ing and see that people Don t have to wait for these said or. Turner. According to the insurance companies owners of cars involved in both these types of accidents will be stuck with paying the shot for the Deduc Tible portion of their aut Opac coverage. The spokesmen say claim restrictions have been inserted into the government run scheme to avoid paying the Small claims that result from 80 per cent of All accidents. In most of these cases most Drivers will just take the beat ing and forget about trying to collect the deductible portion of their coverage even though they Aren t at said h. B. Vannan chief spokesman for the insurance Bureau of Canada. They la do this because of the blocks aut Opac has put in to avoid having to pay Small legitimate he said. These blocks Are stupid and invalid answers and aut Opac is just re moving itself further and fur ther away from paying Small or. Vannan said that or. Button s predictions about usage of the court Are so far out it s ridiculous because the average Driver will never admit blame if it s going to Cost him Money. A Driver is going to want his deductible if he s in an Accident and if he s not at fault and the other Guy is going to resist As much As he can. The court will be flooded with these cases and won t be Able to Cope with the volume. If you take your Case there you la be placed on a Long waiting list before it is Ever or. Vannan predicted that most Drivers won t bother Pur suing the Money owing them in these cases As they la be forced to hire a lawyer and take time off work for the hearing. This is simply a very unsatisfactory Way to handle he added. The government is saying let the Public look after themselves when it comes to Small claims so a topic won t lose or. Vannan rejected an a topic suggestion that the two claim restrictions paralleled the situation under the private insurers. He said in the past Many companies have agreed to pay an entire claim including the deductible portion if a Driver j became an non cent victim of a i hit and ran in which the other car was Tunde ratified. I or. Dattoli however said he j doubted that private carriers j Ever Pam Sodi claims of they

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