Motor Vehicle & Car Accident Lawyers
Available in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia & Western Australia
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Claiming a motor vehicle or car accident compensation
The firm has been acting in claims arising from motor vehicle accident injuries for over 65 years, and has developed a high level of experience and success in those claims.
It is necessary to comply with strict time limits and procedures in making such a claim, otherwise, any rights to claim compensation may be compromised or lost. As a result, it is recommended that legal advice be obtained promptly following a motor vehicle accident, in order to ensure that all time limits are met.
Initially, an accident notification form needs to be lodged within 28 days of the accident in order to ensure that the insurer of the vehicle allegedly at fault provisionally accepts liability, in which case, it should pay ongoing medical expenses (at least up to $5,000).
A full personal injury claim form then needs to be lodged with the relevant insurer within 6 months of the accident.
Your motor vehicle compensation entitlements
The following compensation entitlements are available for injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident:
- Non – economic loss (pain and suffering) – only if the injuries are assessed as exceeding 10% whole person impairment in accordance with the Motor Accidents Authority’s guidelines.
- Past and future loss of income.
- Past and future medical treatment expenses.
- Past and future assistance needs – subject to the provision that if the assistance is provided without charge, the need for assistance has to be for over 6 months, and has to be for over 6 hours per week.
Common motor vehicle injuries
If you are involved in a car accident or any type of motor vehicle accident, you can sustain some serious injuries both physically and psychologically. These injuries can affect your wellbeing and how you live.
Some common motor vehicle injuries include
- Brain Injury
- Spinal injuries
- soft tissue injuries
- nervous shock/psychological injuries
- Broken bones
Read more about common motor vehicle injuries here.
What type of motor vehicle accidents you can claim for
Car accidents aren’t the only type of motor vehicle accidents you can claim for. Although they are the most common, you can also qualify if you have been in a motorbike accident, bicycle accidents and more.
Contact one our motor vehicle specialists to find out if you can claim compensation for a road accident you have been involved in.
Our car accident claims process
Starting a silicosis compensation claim with Turner Freeman, you’re guaranteed to receive compassion and professionalism from our lawyers. We try to take the legal stress out of your hands through 6 easy steps.
Book an Appointment
One of our car accident lawyers will speak to you and arrange to see you at our office. If you cannot travel, the lawyer will visit you at home or in hospital.
Complete a Claim Form to Lodge with the Insurer for the At-fault Driver
You are required to complete a claim form for the at-fault driver’s insurer.
We Collect All Necessary Documents and Information
Your lawyer will obtain all of the information from you necessary to run the claim including collecting medical records and other information relevant to your car accident claim.
Appointment with Doctors to Assess and Confirm Injuries
You will attend an appointment with a medical practitioner where they will provide an examination of your injuries.
We Prepare a Summary of Your Injuries, Losses and Damages
Your accident lawyers will compile all the necessary documentation from your appointment with the medical practitioner.
We Set Up a Meeting with the Insurer
We will set up a meeting with insurer to present them with documentation we have prepared.
You Attend a Compulsory Settlement Conference
We will advise you on the value of your compensation claim and we will organise a time to negotiate your settlement.
If the Matter Settles, You Receive Your Compensation
A majority of motor vehicle accident claims are settled before a court trial. We will keep you informed and updated at every stage so you always know where your claim is up to.
Our Fee Policy in Motor Vehicle Accident Claims
For motor vehicle accident claims in Australia, we act for our clients on a ‘No Win-No Fee’ basis. In other words, unless we are successful in receiving compensation on behalf of the client they will not be charged for the legal work done by our firm or any expenses incurred when investigating the claim. Ask one of our personal injury lawyers for further information about our ‘No Win-No Fee’ policy, conditions do apply.
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Frequently asked questions about motor vehicle or car accident claims
Are there any time limits?
Yes. There are strict time limits applicable to motor accident claims depending upon your circumstances.
In general, the incident, whether it was a car accident, truck, push bike or motor bike must be reported to the police within 28 days from the accident; and The Motor Accident Personal Injury Claim Form (MAPICF) must the completed and lodged with the CTP insurer and driver at fault within 6 months from the date of accident.
The Accident Notification Form (ANF) must be completed and lodged with the CTP insurer at fault and driver at fault within 28 days from the accident.
Proceeding must commence in the appropriate Court within 3 years from the date of accident. By failing to adhere to these strict requirements you could jeopardise the success of your case entirety, as leave may not be granted.
I don’t know if my injuries are permanent so should I contact a lawyer?
Yes. The extent and severity of your injuries and disabilities will need to be assessed by a medical provider. Often, the latent effects of an injury do not manifest themselves until 6-12 months time.
By lodging the appropriate claim forms you can start to have your treatment paid and any referrals to specialist including radiology, we will seek prepayment of for you.
Importantly, by lodging your claim with the insurer early, you avoid falling foul of the limitation periods for lodging a claim, so the insurer cannot raise that argument as a bar to you bringing a claim in the future.
What if the accident was 12 months ago. Can I still claim?
Yes. If your explanation is considered full and satisfactory by a court and you can illustrate you have acted as quick as possible, then a Court may grant you leave.
I have been hit by a motor vehicle, but they didn’t stop. Can I still claim?
Yes. The claim would be made against the Nominal Defendant Scheme. However, a claim against the Nominal Defendant brings about certain obligations of due search and inquiry. As soon as possible, proper searches need to be conducted to try and locate the vehicle, this can include but not limited to, newspaper advertisements, obtaining details from witness, trying to obtain any CCTV footage and so on. Turner Freeman will assist you with the Due Search and Inquiry obligations on a ‘No Win, No Fee‘ basis.
Contact a car accident lawyer near you
If you have been injured in a car accident or a road accident, talk to our car accident lawyers as we can help you maximise your compensation claim. Call on 13 43 63 or contact us via our online enquiry form. Alternatively, you can find one of our car accident lawyers Australia wide in:
- Our NSW offices are in Sydney, Parramatta, Campbelltown, Newcastle, Penrith, Wollongong, Toronto and Gloucester.
- Our Queensland offices are in Brisbane, Logan, North Lakes, Ipswich, Toowoomba, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Cairns.
- Our South Australian offices are in Adelaide CBD and Whyalla.
- Our Western Australia office is in Perth.