Canada is not in general a litigious society. That means it’s not very common in Canada to sue the pants off someone else after a car crash or if they damage your property. This could change now that SGI, the insurance company in Saskatchewan, has changed its policy to allow people to sue drunk drivers in the province for pain, suffering, and bereavement.
Usually in such cases, Canadians employ lawyers to help deal with insurance companies to settle compensation for crash claims or workers compensation. After this policy change in Saskatchewan, any person or the family of the person affected by a drunk driver can sue the drunk driver, even if he or she has died, for pain, suffering, and bereavement.
The policy change is part of the Crown corporation’s auto injury coverage program and falls under SGI’s no fault and tort coverage. In a nutshell, it gives people affected by drunk drivers in Saskatchewan many more options to sue, depending on how the driver was charged under the criminal code.
SGI has also changed the list of charges that open the door for people to sue drunk drivers. Now if you want to sue for pain, suffering, or bereavement, you can do so if that driver was charged with criminal negligence causing death or bodily harm, criminal negligence causing bodily injury, flight from a peace officer, or dangerous operation while street racing.
These changes aren’t carved in stone yet. They still need to pass the provincial legislature to be approved, but it might give victims or families of drunk drivers in Saskatchewan some peace of mind that there will soon be another way to hold someone accountable for the choice to drink and drive.