Motorist receives 1-year non-parole sentence for fatal collision with pedestrian

A 23-year-old driver who struck and killed a 78-year-old pedestrian in September of 2017 has received a total sentence of three years for the crime, one of which cannot be abridged by parole. While the fact that Amelia Fennell’s car struck and killed a woman identified in court papers only as Mrs Jones was not in doubt, […]

Woman Rear Ended in Queensland Files for Compensation for Back and Psychological Injuries

A woman injured in a motor vehicle accident while driving south along the Pacific Motorway in Queensland in 2015, alleged that, as a result of the accident, she suffered personal injuries and claimed damages. The defendants (including the driver of the car that hit the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s insurer) admitted liability, but disputed the extent […]

A recent ruling clarified compensation for victims of no-fault car accidents

The Motor Accident Injuries Act 2017 (MAIA 2017) went into effect in New South Wales in 2017. This legislation completely rewrote the previous system, and created a new system that provides statutory benefits to an injured party in a motor vehicle accident no matter who was ruled to be at fault. However, the MAIA has […]

Insurer fails to prove court wrong in motor vehicle accident case

When a plaintiff receives damages in court, they may presume the entire procedural process is over. However, the party/parties who defend their side of the story may choose to appeal a court’s decision. This can lead to a much more in-depth review process – something that was evident in a recent case brought before the Supreme […]

Car crash victim fails to meet whole person impairment requirements

In NSW alone, more than 30 people are hospitalised by motor vehicle accidents every day, according to data from the state government. In order to claim compensation under the compulsory third party (CTP) insurance scheme, injured parties must be able to prove they were not at fault. Once liability has been confirmed, medical panels and […]

(FAQ) Can I receive compensation for a blameless accident in NSW?

Negligent and dangerous driving are both strong causes for compensation in a motor vehicle accident case. However, determining damages can become hard when there is no driver at fault. This is what's known as a blameless accident. But are people involved in blameless motor accident cases eligible for compensation in NSW? Examples of blameless accidents […]

Appeal dismissed on sleep-related driving incident

Tiredness is a major cause of car accidents in Australia. According to the Sleep Health Foundation, 20 per cent of people have nodded off whilst driving, with a further five per cent having had an accident for the same reason. For a person to be found guilty of dangerous driving, common law states that they […]

(FAQ) What types of injuries are covered by car accident compensation claims?

In 2015, there were just under 8,000 'on-road' recorded traffic crashes on Australian Capital Territory (ACT) roads, according to the ACT Government. Of these collisions, there were 813 casualties, including 131 hospital admissions and 15 fatalities. If you've been involved in a road traffic accident, you're probably wondering which injuries are covered by car accident […]