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What can you do if you've been injured in a car accident?

If you have been hurt as the result of a motor vehicle or road accident, Maurice Blackburn’s dedicated team can fight for you. We are a national firm with the resources and dedication needed to achieve the best possible outcome for you.

Claiming compensation for a road accident

We can help you make a compensation claim, whether you're a car or truck driver, passenger, motorcycle rider, cyclist, pedestrian or public transport passenger. Our highly experienced road accident compensation lawyers understand every aspect of the road accident legal system and know how to get you everything you're entitled to.

We understand that getting injured on the road can feel extremely unfair. It’s our mission to ensure you get your full compensation payout to help you get back to being you as soon as possible.

We are a national firm with national expertise, and can advise you on the best state or territory to lodge your personal injury compensation claim. We have offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin and throughout Australia.

All you need to know about Road injury claims

If you’re injured in a road or public transport accident involving a car, bus, truck, train, tram, motorcycle, scooter or bicycle, we’ll show you how to navigate your way through a road injury claim.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I claim compensation for my road and car accident?

If you’ve been injured on the road you could be entitled to motor vehicle accident compensation, no matter who's at fault. Your claim will depend on the jurisdiction of the state or territory in which the accident occurred.

Our dedicated team of road accident lawyers can help you make a compensation claim, whether you're a car, truck or motorcycle driver, passenger, cyclist or pedestrian.

Do I have a road and car accident claim?

The compensation and benefits you are entitled to can vary greatly depending on your location and on the circumstances leading to your injury. If you have been hurt as the result of a motor vehicle or road accident, Maurice Blackburn's motor vehicle accident lawyers will do everything possible to ease your burden during these difficult times.

What types of road and car accidents am I covered for in my state?

The state or territory your compensation claim will be made in will depend on where the accident happened and the state in which your vehicle is registered.

It is important you talk to a car accident lawyer to find out your rights and entitlements before you make a claim as each state and territory has different laws and road accident schemes.

Victoria, Tasmania and the Northern Territory

Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance schemes are in place in Victoria, Tasmania and the Northern Territory. They are different in each location, but generally cover a number of road, motor vehicle, motorcycle, bicycle, public transport and car accident types, including:

  • driver or passenger injured in an accident where the other vehicle was at fault
  • driver or passenger injured in a single vehicle accident
  • driver or passenger injured in a multiple vehicle accident where the driver is at fault
  • pedestrian hit by a vehicle
  • cyclist hit by a vehicle or hitting an opening door of a vehicle (‘dooring’)
  • cyclist injured by taking evasive action to avoid being hit by a vehicle
  • motorcyclist hit by a vehicle
  • motorcyclist injured by taking evasive action to avoid being hit by a vehicle
  • driver or passenger in a tram/bus/train accident
  • driver or passenger in a single vehicle accident caused by a defect in the vehicle, which caused the vehicle to run out of control.

New South Wales

Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance in NSW is generally a ‘fault’ scheme. It covers a number of accident types, including:

  • a driver injured where another vehicle was at fault
  • a passenger injured in an accident with another vehicle
  • a passenger injured in a single vehicle accident
  • a pedestrian hit by a vehicle
  • a cyclist hit by a vehicle or hitting an opening door of a vehicle (‘dooring’)
  • a motorcyclist hit by a vehicle
  • a driver or passenger in a single vehicle accident caused by a defect in the vehicle, causing the vehicle to run out of control
  • children involved in accidents, and in some circumstances for medical expenses when they are at fault
  • medical expenses for blameless accidents, for example, circumstances where a driver suffers from a medical condition such as a heart attack or epileptic seizure or where an animal suddenly appears on the roadway.

Queensland and Western Australia

Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance in Queensland and WA is a ‘fault’ scheme. It covers a number of accident types, including:

  • a driver injured in an accident where the other vehicle was at fault
  • a passenger injured in an accident with another vehicle
  • a passenger injured in a single vehicle accident
  • a pedestrian hit by a vehicle
  • a cyclist hit by a vehicle or hitting an opening door of a vehicle (‘dooring’)
  • a motorcyclist hit by a vehicle, and
  • people injured when a vehicle cannot be identified or is unregistered
  • a person who witnesses one of these accidents
  • the dependants of someone who dies in an accident

Australian Capital Territory and South Australia

Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance in SA and the ACT is a ‘fault’ scheme. It covers a number of accident types, including:

  • a driver injured in an accident where the other vehicle was at fault
  • a passenger injured in an accident with another vehicle
  • a passenger injured in a single vehicle accident
  • a pedestrian hit by a vehicle
  • a cyclist hit by a vehicle or hitting an opening door of a vehicle (‘dooring’)
  • a motorcyclist hit by a vehicle, and
  • a driver or passenger in a single vehicle accident caused by a defect in the vehicle, which caused the vehicle to run out of control.

What car accident compensation and benefits am I entitled to?

Your ability to claim no fault benefits including medical, loss of income payments and lump sum payments can vary greatly depending on your location or the state in which the road accident occurred.

In some states you may have common law rights to sue the person who caused the accident. Common law claims usually involve money being claimed for:

  • pain and suffering
  • past and future medical expenses
  • past loss of earnings
  • future loss of earnings or loss of earning capacity
  • past and future loss of superannuation contributions.

Strict time limits apply that vary in each state.

What car accident expenses can I claim for?

If you are eligible to make a no fault claim, you are likely to be covered for benefits such as:

  • medical and hospital (including pharmacy and counselling)
  • rehabilitation
  • nursing and disability services
  • post-acute support services
  • expenses arising from a death including funeral costs.

In some states all 'reasonable' expenses associated with the motor vehicle accident can be claimed, such as:

  • travel to and from medical appointments associated with your motor vehicle injuries
  • an injured person returning to work or retraining
  • home and vehicle modifications
  • attendant care services, including attendant care while travelling overseas,
  • home help, domestic assistance, gardening services, school tutoring and integration aides.

Are there time limits for making a car accident claim?

Time limits vary depending on the state your claim is in, whether the person injured is an adult or a child, and who is at fault for the accident.

In some cases you may have as little as 28 days from the date of the accident to lodge your initial claim, while in other states you may have up to a year with a possible extension of up to three years. It's important you talk to a motor vehicle accident lawyer as soon as possible after your accident.

Are claims allowed for public transport accident injuries?

Yes you may be able to make a claim for injuries that occurred while travelling on public transport, or if you are in a vehicle accident with public transport. Laws vary between states; our dedicated team of road accident lawyers will show you how to navigate your way through a road injury claim.

How do I make a Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance claim?

Regardless of the severity of the accident and injury, your first step will usually be to lodge a compensation claim. The process differs around Australia, and Maurice Blackburn Lawyers will be able to advise you as to this process, but generally it involves:

  • reporting the accident to the police (if you haven't already done this, we can submit the report for you)
  • filling out and submitting a claim form. Depending on the State you are in, this could involve filling out and submitting a Notice of Accident Claim Form with the CTP insurer of the vehicle at fault.
  • providing a special medical certificate with your claim, which should be completed by your own doctor if possible.

We can guide you through all these steps and make sure you're aware of any complexities that may arise during the process. Contact us today for more information, or for assistance with making a claim.

How much will making a car accident claim cost me?

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