Automobile Insurance Board loses snow clearing injury case

If you ever injure yourself while clearing snow or ice from your car, you may be eligible for compensation from the Automobile Insurance Board  because you would be considered an accident victim.

Radio-Canada reports that the SAAQ lost an Appeals Court decision Monday and must pay damages to two people who had hurt themselves while clearing snow from their cars.

The ruling says clearing snow from a vehicle is considered a "necessary measure" to be able to operate a vehicle safely and therefore the drivers are entitled to compensation under the Automobile Insurance Act because they are considered to have been injured in an automobile accident.

The SAAQ had argued that clearing snow and ice was related to maintenance of the vehicle, and was not a "necessary measure" but the court rejected that argument.