An accident involving two cars in the north west of New South Wales has seen three people die and has placed a fourth in hospital.
At around 00:20 on November 18, a Mazda sedan and a Ford Falcon were involved in a collision on Aberford Street in the township of Coonamble.
According to the police report, the Mazda burst into flames during the impact but was quickly extinguished by a member of the public.
The male driver died at the scene of the collision, as did one of the passengers in the Ford – with the Falcon's driver being rushed to Coonamble Hospital but later dying of his injuries despite the best efforts of the medical staff on hand.
Two of the surviving male passengers – one from each vehicle – suffered serious injuries as a result of the accident and were subsequently taken to Dubbo Base Hospital.
Police officers, NSW Fire and Rescue teams and State Ambulance Paramedics attended the scene, removing the victims from the wrecked vehicles before transferring them to the medical facility for ongoing treatment.
It is understood that both men are still in hospital in this point and have not been released from care.
The road was closed by officials for a number of hours, with a local diversion in place to allow detectives and members of the Forensic Services Group attached to Castlereagh Local Area Command to examine the scene.
It is unclear at this point what caused the accident to occur and police have said that inquiries are continuing.
However it is understood that the two vehicles were involved in a head-on collision and that speed may have been a factor.
In NSW the victims of crashes are usually able to make claims for car accident compensation to help cover the costs of the necessary medical treatments.
Because ongoing rehabilitation therapies can be expensive, a no win no fee law firm can help by reducing the initial cost of legal consultation – allowing injured parties to explore their options before launching a claim.
In cases where a driver may have been partially at fault, the Motor Accidents Authority (MAA) can still allow victims to apply for compensation payments to be made.
The pain and suffering incurred by injured parties can also be taken into account by the MAA, with lump-sum payments made available to try and compensate for the change in quality of life experienced.