Albertans reject no-fault insurance

Survey by Nanos Research for FAIR Alberta indicates people want choice and trust courts more than insurance companies to settle outcomes for automobile accidents

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Ottawa – (June 5, 2020) – A new provincial survey conducted by Nanos Research, for FAIR Alberta explored the perceptions of Albertans on both “at-fault” and “no-fault” automobile insurance. Asked their preference regarding automobile insurance and who they trust to make decisions about compensation and recovery in case of automobile accidents, the research found that three times as many Albertans prefer an “at-fault” automobile insurance system. Albertans are seven times more likely to trust the courts to determine fair compensation for an automobile accident compared to insurance companies. Albertans also would want to have the medical provider of their choice to help in their recovery from an accident rather than having either insurance companies or the government appoint a medical provider.

“Albertans need affordable auto insurance, accountability for drivers and insurance companies, and consumer protections to ensure the system is fair,” says Keith McLaughlin, spokesperson for FAIR Alberta. “No-fault is none of that and this research shows very clearly that Alberta consumers don’t want a no-fault model that would eliminate their right to access the court system and challenge decisions made by insurance companies.”

“The results from this survey are quite clear. Albertans much more prefer an “at-fault” insurance system where innocent parties retain the right to sue for compensation” says Nik Nanos, Founder and Chief Data Scientist of Nanos Research. “They trust the courts to make fair decisions and value their ability to choose medical providers as opposed to having insurance companies or the government appointing a medical provider.”

Key survey findings:

A majority of Albertans prefer an at-fault automobile insurance system over a “nofault” system – Just over six in ten (61%) Albertans say they prefer an at-fault insurance system where innocent parties retain the right to sue for all compensation, while one in five (20%) prefer a no-fault insurance system where insurance companies make the final determination on compensation. 

A majority of Albertans trust a judge or the courts most to determine what is fair compensation for a victim seriously injured by an impaired driver – Just under seven in ten (69%) Albertans say they trust a judge or the courts most to determine what is fair compensation for a victim seriously injured by an impaired driver, while one in ten (10%) say they trust the insurance companies most.

Seven in ten Albertans say they would want a medical provider of their choice to make decisions about their recovery and compensation if they were injured in a collision – Asked who they would want to make decisions about their recovery and compensation if they or a family member were injured in a collision, a majority (70%) of Alberta residents say they would want a medical provider of their 

choice, while just over one in ten (12%) say a medical provider appointed by their insurance and seven per cent say a medical provider appointed by the government.

Methodology:  The results are part of an online representative survey of 501 Alberta residents, 18 years of age or older, between June 1st and 4th, 2020. Data was weighted by age and gender to reflect the population of Alberta. The full study is available at: www.nanos.co.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Keith McLaughlin | 403-894-4290 | [email protected]

Nik Nanos | 613-234-4666 ext. 237 | [email protected] 

About FAIR Alberta

FAIR Alberta is a coalition of Albertans including concerned consumers, medical professionals, injured Albertans, and members of the legal community who are committed to protecting the rights of individuals that have been injured in motor vehicle accidents. www.fairalbertainjuryregulations.ca

About Nanos Research

As one of North America’s premier market and public opinion research firms, we put strategic intelligence into the hands of decision makers. The majority of our work is for private sector and public facing organizations and ranges from market studies, managing reputation through to leveraging data intelligence. Nanos Research offers a vertically integrated full service quantitative and qualitative research practice to attain the highest standards and the greatest control over the research process. www.nanos.co 

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