Car accident compensation is something that can make a huge difference in the lives of those injured in road accidents.
It can ensure they have the financial support to pay for medical treatment and rehabilitation, as well as providing a lifeline of income replacement when injuries prevent victims from working for a period of time.
These benefits can only be realised, however, after a claim for compensation has been successful.
While the odds of being in a car crash are small, with so many Australians taking to the road each day, it is in everyone's interests to know what they can do to seek compensation if they suffer a crash injury whether as a vehicle occupant, a cyclist or motorcyclist, or a pedestrian.
Many may not realise, for instance, that the New South Wales motor accidents compensation scheme covers people injured in accidents caused by another vehicle that cannot be identified.
Whether this is because the vehicle at fault was unregistered, uninsured or simply left the scene of the accident, it may still be possible for victims to seek injury compensation.
Compensation is usually a viable option if you have been injured in a car accident where another motorist was fully or partially at fault.
However, in the case of children that have been injured in pedestrian accidents, these victims are eligible to receive compensation for medical expenses even if they were to blame for the incident.
This is important for parents to know, as is the fact that if the injured child was not at fault, it may be possible to seek a further lump sum compensation payment.
Another grey area in many people's minds may be the kind of injuries for which you can seek compensation.
Obviously serious injuries are covered, but what about smaller ones? Lots of people who have walked away from car accidents seemingly unscathed find that a few days later they experience neck and shoulder pain.
If the pain and discomfort persists, this could be Whiplash-Associated Disorder (WAD).
Whiplash injury is covered by car accident compensation and is in fact the most frequent injury cited in claims.
If you or someone you know has suffered a car accident injury, don't delay in seeking specialist advice.
Get in touch with car accident lawyers for a free consultation and to learn more about what can be done in the context of your situation.