10/07/2015 14:39 EDT | Updated 10/07/2016 01:12 EDT

Saskatchewan overhauls auto injury coverage for people in crashes

REGINA — The Saskatchewan government is moving forward with changes to its auto injury coverage that it says will help people after a crash.

Don McMorris, minister responsible for Saskatchewan Government Insurance, says the changes will close loopholes that left some people unable to sue.

One change would allow an innocent party or family to sue for pain and suffering or bereavement damages if an impaired driver was killed while causing a collision.

Injured people would also be able to sue if they were hurt by someone fleeing from police or street racing.

The government also aims to update amounts paid for living expenses and to cover costs of special equipment such as wheelchairs.

Legislation to make the changes will be introduced this fall, but likely would not be passed until the spring after the provincial election on April 4.

The Canadian Press