If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident you should act without delay as you may be entitled to claim compensation for your injuries, depending on your role in the accident.
A “motor vehicle accident” can include accidents involving cars, and motorcycles but may also apply to injuries arising from incidents involving public transport, forklifts, tractors and other motorized vehicles.
In New South Wales it is compulsory for all registered vehicles to have third party (CTP) insurance. Because of this, any person who is injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident will be covered for their personal injury if the driver or owner of the motor vehicle, other than yourself, was partially or completely at fault. There is also a scheme to cover people who are injured in accidents where the vehicle at fault is unknown or unregistered and special considerations for children and for “blameless accidents”.
There are a number of circumstances under which close relatives of a person who died in a motor vehicle accident may be eligible to claim compensation for the financial losses suffered as a result of the death of that person.
There are strict time limits that apply to making a third party claim in New South Wales. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident and want to claim compensation you need to attend to the following steps without delay:
- Take the details of the vehicle and driver that caused the accident, including:
- Registration number of the vehicle.
- Driver’s name, residential address, phone number and licence number.
- Take note of the location of the accident.
- If the police did not attend the accident scene, you must report the accident to the Police within 28 days. If 28 days have already passed you must report the matter as soon as possible.
- Attend upon and advise your doctor that you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident. Your doctor will be able to speak to you about treatment options for your injuries.
- Your claim form must be lodged within 6 months from the date of accident. Don’t delay, contact KPL Lawyers on (02) 9728 3366 and arrange a free consultation to obtain advice about lodging your claim.
If your claim is successful you may be entitled to recover the following:
- Non-economic loss/ compensation for pain and suffering, if you meet the impairment threshold.
- Past economic loss.
- Future economic loss.
- Past and future loss of superannuation benefits.
- Past and future medical and treatment expenses.
- Past and future domestic care and assistance.
Please contact our office for your first free consultation.