A crash on the northern coast of New South Wales has resulted in a double fatality and seen three other victims hospitalised.
At around 10:15 on November 11 a semi-trailer heading north on the Pacific Highway was involved in an incident with a Range Rover travelling in the same direction.
Skid marks stretching 30 metres across the highway were reportedly found at the scene – testifying to the force of the accident as the luxury SUV spun backwards into oncoming traffic.
Police say that the Range Rover then spun across the roadway, ending up in the southbound lanes where a Tarago collided with its rear.
So powerful was the second impact that it completely demolished the vehicle’s front section – its motor and components crushed into the fire wall.
The Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter was called in for the driver and front passenger of the Tarago – a 62-year-old man and a 51-year-old woman – but they died of their injuries at the scene despite the best efforts of emergency personnel.
Travelling in the Range Rover was a female driver and three children – two girls and a boy – who were all subsequently taken to Coffs Harbour Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
According to police reports the 40-year-old male driver of the semi-trailer failed to stop after the incident and was subsequently pulled over by officers at Tintenbar.
He was required to undergo mandatory blood and urine testing before assisting with ongoing inquiries.
A crime scene was established at the crash site, with officers closing off several lanes and diverting traffic through Grafton and Woodburn while forensic specialists from the Ballina Crash Investigation Unit examined the area.
Victims who are injured in collisions in NSW are able to launch claims for payments to help cover their medical expenses.
Because rehabilitation costs can otherwise be prohibitive, the Motor Accidents Authority has a number of guidelines in place that protect the rights of individuals to claim when a driver fails to stop at the scene.
Car accident compensation can then be made available to the victims for the pain and suffering experienced as a result of the crash – as well as any ongoing medical costs.
A no win no fee lawyer can help injured parties to determine the type of claim that should be made, taking into account the circumstances surrounding an incident and allowing the victims to explore their legal options.