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Accident claims the life of a motorcyclist in Newcastle

Police report that a man has died in a motor vehicle accident in Newcastle last night involving a four-wheel-drive (4WD) and a motorcycle.

The incident occurred on the corners of Parry Street and Tudor streets at about 20:00 on July 28 in the Newcastle suburb of Hamilton.

On arriving at the scene, emergency workers found pieces of the motorcycle strewn across the road. The 24-year-old male bike rider died at the scene.

Speaking on the accident, acting inspector Matthew Maroney of the Newcastle local area command agreed that it was a disturbing scene.

“We’ve spoken to a number of witnesses already and speed does appear to be a contributing factor,” said inspector Maroney.

Police closed a section of the road public until 22:00 last night to allow forensic crash investigators unfettered access to the site.

The driver of the 4WD, a 25-year-old male, was unhurt and has been interviewed by police. The man was then taken to the nearby John Hunter Hospital to undergo mandatory blood and urine tests.

Police say that preliminary investigations suggest that the bike rider, who has not yet been formally identified, may have run a red light prior to the collision.

A report is being prepared for submission to the coroner.

In NSW, victims of motor vehicle accidents are able to access compensation through the Motor Accident Scheme, made available under the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999.

This allows people who suffer injuries as a result of a collision to access car accident compensation to cover the costs associated with medical treatments and rehabilitation therapy.

According to the Motor Accidents Authority, victims may be eligible for a payment even if they were partially at fault in an accident that results in an injury, or even if the accident was blameless.

Compensation also covers financial losses incurred as a result of an accident, along with payments to victims for pain and suffering. Lump sum payments are also available for persons who suffer permanent disabilities as a result of a crash.

People who have been injured in a motor vehicle collision have a certain amount of time to make a claim for compensation. It is a good idea for these victims to contacts a compensation lawyer as soon as possible.

An experienced law firm with a no win no fee policy can also provide victims with access to a wealth of legal expertise needed to maximise their claim.

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Gerard Malouf & Partners
 — Personal Injury Compensation Lawyers

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