The Christmas holiday period is supposed to be a time for celebration but unfortunately; it results in an increase in car accidents and fatalities on the road. If you have been involved in a car accident over the Christmas period, then contact one of our car accident compensation lawyers at Walker Law Group as soon as possible. Time limits do apply to claims made under both insurance policies and the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999 (NSW), so it is crucial that you contact one of our specialised lawyers immediately. At Walker Law Group, we focus on gaining the most advantageous result for our clients in a time and cost efficient fashion. Please do not hesitate to contact us on 1300 363 013 or email us at email@example.com to find out how we can assist you with your car accident compensation claim.
Statistics over the holiday period this year
The Christmas holiday period runs from December 23 to January 3. In the 2016/ 2017 period, there were 37 fatalities on Australian roads. In comparison, there were only 28 deaths during the same period in the 2015/2016. This means that the number of fatalities over the period increased by a staggering 32 per cent this year.
The state, which experienced the highest number of fatalities this year, was New South Wales, with 11 deaths on the road. In 2015/2016, there were only 7 deaths during the same period. There were 9 deaths on Victorian roads this year, while there were only 4 deaths on the same roads the previous year. There were 6 deaths in Queensland this year as opposed to only 4 last year. There were also 6 fatalities in Western Australia this year. Last year, there were only 3 deaths on the same Western Australian roads. This year, in South Australia, there were 4 fatalities, in comparison to double the amount of deaths last year. There was only one death in the Northern Territory this year, as opposed to no deaths on Northern Territory roads in the holiday period in 2015/2016. There were no fatalities in the Australian Capital Territory or in Tasmania this year. There were no deaths in the Australian Capital Territory in the holiday period. However, there were 2 deaths in Tasmania in the previous holiday period.
Car accident hotspots in New South Wales
Every year, the Australian Associated Motor Vehicle Insurers Limited, more commonly known as AAMI releases a Crash Index detailing car accident hotspots in New South Wales. The top ten accidents hot spots in New South Wales are:
- Hume Highway, Liverpool
- M4 Motorway, Parramatta
- Pennant Hills Road, Pennant Hills
- M4 Motorway, Silverwater
- Pacific Highway, Chatswood
- Epping Road, North Ryde
- Victoria Road, West Ryde
- Princes Highway, Rockdale
- King Georges Road, Beverly Hills
- Victoria Road, Ryde
The roads, which are most prone to accidents, are multi lane roads, which link to major highways or hubs such as shopping centres.
What to do if you’ve been injured
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident over the Christmas period, then you should contact Walker Law Group for your best chances at a successful claim. You may make a claim if:
- You have been injured in a motor vehicle accident; or
- If a close family member has been injured in a motor vehicle accident; or
- If a close family member has been killed in a motor vehicle accident; or
- If you have witnessed a close family member being injured or killed in a motor vehicle accident.
You should note that you do not have to be personally injured to initiate a claim. Also, you can make claims on both physical and psychological injuries.
It is important to contact one of the expert solicitors at Walker Law Group as soon as you can because there are particular time limits that apply when you are making a claim for an injury suffered in a motor vehicle accident. Section 70 of the Motor Vehicle Compensation Act 1999 (NSW) states that unless a police officer attended the scene of a motor accident, the accident must be reported to police within 28 days if you intend to make a claim. This requirement is known as the police accident report requirement.
Your claim will most likely paid by the insurance company of the car that caused the accident. The amount of compensation you receive will be based on several factors including, but not limited to your:
- Pre-existing injuries or medical conditions
- Previous claims
Will my claim end up in court?
Our aim is to successfully resolve your claim in the most time and cost efficient manner we can. Not all claims will end up court. We will exhaust all legally viable out of court options prior to this. These options include negotiation and mediations, which will hopefully lead to a settlement.
If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident over the Christmas period, then you may be entitled to compensation. If you decide to make a claim through your insurer, then they will use a particular process to assess your claim. Our solicitors have dealt with hundreds of claims and know precisely how insurance companies assess car accident compensation claims. They are familiar with the legislation and recent case decisions that may affect your claim. You should seek independent legal advice to find out whether your claim is viable.
Our solicitors are law society accredited specialists, which means that they have the specialised knowledge and years of experience that will ensure that you get the most successful result from your claim.
If you have been injured at work and need to make a car accident compensation claim, contact Walker Law Group Compensation Lawyers for specialised legal advice. Contact us now on 1300 363 013 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.