Police have reported that an accident on Appin Road in Cataract, NSW claimed the life of the driver and left a passenger with injuries.
The female driver is understood to have left her soccer practice session with her local team at around 21:00 AEST on July 20 2011, which was cancelled due to wet weather.
Between the hours of 21:30 on Wednesday and 08:00 on Thursday, the victim's car – a blue Proton – was travelling north on Appin Road towards Appin in the Illawarra district when it left the road and collided with a tree.
Emergency services believe the impact caused the right side of the car to crumple, caving in and inflicting injuries on both of the occupants. The driver later died at the scene, while her passenger – a young male – was taken to hospital and has since been treated for minor wounds.
The passenger may be able to claim car accident compensation to cover the costs of his medical treatment.
Locals recognise the stretch of road as being notorious for accidents, as it has a speed limit of 100km/h and multiple bends and turns.
Specialist forensic crash investigators are assisting police in determining the situations experienced on the road just prior to the accident.
The actual time of the incident is unknown, as it was only reported at 08:00 AEST by a passing motorist who noticed the damaged vehicle resting on the slope beside the road.
In NSW, anyone who has been injured in a motor vehicle accident may be able to access compensation – regardless of who was at fault.
According to the Motor Accidents Authority of NSW, the motor accident compensation scheme extends to cover "any kind of road user … driver, passenger, pedestrian, cyclist, motorcyclist or pillion passenger".
The scheme also allows for compensation to be provided in cases where people are injured by a vehicle that is uninsured, unregistered or cannot be readily identified – also known as a 'hit and run'.
People who have suffered injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident are encouraged to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to discuss their legal options.
Legal fees for a case can be reduced through the use of a no win no fee lawyer, who can provide access to the resources necessary to produce a successful outcome and maximise a payout.