Motor Vehicle Claims: Is the Australian Landscape Becoming Easier to Navigate?

Published 16 Nov 2016

Though Australia’s love affair with the car shows no signs of slowing down, making a motor vehicle claim has never exactly been straightforward. That said, there have been some encouraging signs over the last number of years that could mean motorists are steering towards an increasingly hassle-free future.

In this piece, we’ll briefly recap significant legislation, changes in current practice, and statistics from the last five years, and close with some pointers on how best to proceed with claims if you do find yourself in a dispute and needing a motor car accident injury lawyer.

Motor Vehicle Claims Legislation and Current Practice

The last couple of years have seen some significant changes on the local level in New South Wales in the form of the Motor Accidents Compensation Regulation 2015, and subsequent Amendment in the following year. Several aspects of this are to be welcomed – we’ve seen a raising of the compensation amounts payable to injured claimants, along with transparency requirements covering legal costs that are very much in the interests of claimants.

It’s not all good news, however. As we’ve covered here on the site before, proposed CTP changes stand to considerably muddy the waters for NSW motorists who find themselves having to make a motor vehicle compensation claim in the future.

The Big Picture on Road Safety and Claim Levels

Regardless of how well or poorly legislators actually end up addressing the issues at hand, an underlying desire to improve road safety and make life easier for motorists involved in accidents can at least be assumed to be an underlying concern shared by all. On both counts, sadly, the news is not positive.

On the first point, a quick look at the NSW road toll maintained by the Transport for NSW shows that fatalities are actually up on last year at the time of writing. With the overall claims landscape very much in flux under the hybrid no-fault scheme, it also remains very much to be seen whether motorists with valid compensation claims will find life easier in the future or not.

Points to Bear in Mind if You Find Yourself in a Motor Vehicle Claims Dispute

The proposed changes for motor vehicle compensation claims will take time to work their way through the system, but the common sense basics around what to do if you find yourself involved in an accident through no fault of your own remain largely the same:

  1. Report your accident to the local police and make sure your injuries are fully treated and documented by your local hospital or General Practitioner.
  2. Gather as much information regarding the accident as you can.
  3. Take advantage of free legal advice to understand your options before attempting to handle anything yourself.

At Gerard Malouf & Partners  Car Accident Lawyers Sydney & NSW, we’re deeply familiar with every aspect of both the current and proposed motor accidents compensation schemes, and have an outstanding track record in taking the fight to insurers and securing truly appropriate compensation for our clients. Contact our expert team of car accident compensation lawyers for a completely free consultation about your case today.