A recent car accident that happened north of Brisbane shows how hit and runs are daunting because, in addition to the other physical, financial and mental stresses from being in a car accident, you have to make an effort to find the driver. However, by enlisting the help of Gerard Malouf and Partners' compensation lawyers, you can get expert advice on the best way to go about finding the driver and getting compensation.
A hit and run in Brisbane
Sky News Australia has said that the police are still trying to find the driver who initially hit the pedestrian and drove on without stopping. The only details they know now is that the driver was in a black sedan and that it happened at a crossing of a major intersection at Kallangur at 8:30 pm on December 3rd.
After being struck by the hit and run driver, the pedestrian was hit yet again by another car but that driver got out and helped.
The victim went to the hospital and the police are still appealing for the hit and run driver to come forward and reveal himself/herself.
How lawyers can help in hit and run cases
Gerard Malouf and Partners often helps people get the compensation they deserve, even in the difficult case of trying to find the person who fled the scene of the crime.
Under the New South Wales motor accident scheme, you have a right to receive compensation for your injuries from a hit and run and to have your claim handled by the Nominal Defendant.
However, to get access to compensation, you first have to prove that you tried to get the registration number of the vehicle (this is called a "due search and inquiry") , according to the NSW State Insurance Regulatory Authority. You can prove that you tried to find the vehicle by:
- Discussing the incident with the police
- Placing an ad in a newspaper asking any witnesses to contact you
- Putting out an ad asking the driver to turn themselves in to the police
At Gerard Malouf and Partners, we are experts on providing the evidence needed to make a claim against the Nominal Defendant. We'll help you carry out your "due search and inquiry" and inform you of the best ways of going about placing ads and talking to the police.
Contact us today to find out more information about hit and run accidents and how our expert lawyers can help.