A woman in Fairfield may be eligible for injury compensation after she was hit by a car and taken to hospital with a fractured pelvis.
The vehicle struck the 60-year-old while allegedly performing an illegal manoeuvre known as a burnout. The incident occurred at 11:15pm on Monday after a large crowd was leaving the suburb’s CBD following an Asia Cup football tournament match between Jordan and Iraq.
According to 9News, which obtained video footage of the accident, onlookers rushed to the woman’s aid after seeing the collision. However, the driver fled the scene before paramedics arrived.
“[The driver] was just panicking. She was just screaming on the floor in pain. After we checked on the old lady we left, and that’s when we heard he’d chucked a runner,” one witness told the newspaper.
NSW Police confirmed the man handed himself into Fairfield Police Station the following day, where officers from the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit questioned him.
Shortly after being interviewed, the 18-year-old was charged with several offences, such as driving in a dangerous manner, negligent driving and not giving particulars to an injured person.
Other offences included driving furiously in a motor vehicle so as to cause bodily harm, performing an aggravated burnout and dangerous driving occasioning GBH.
In addition, his driving licence was suspended and the vehicle – a white Honda – was confiscated for a three-month period. This was due to the illegal drift manoeuvre.
The man was refused bail and appeared in Fairfield Local Court on Wednesday (January 14) to face the charges. The victim, who was taken to Liverpool Hospital, is said to be in stable condition.
Car accident injuries can be extremely serious, resulting in long periods away from work, mental strain and total and permanent disabilities.
However, injury compensation can help mitigate some of the financial problems that could arise due to medical costs and leave from employment.
Many types of road user can make a claim, including pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and vehicle passengers. Nevertheless, the process can be complex and difficult to understand, which is why most people turn to experienced compensation lawyers in NSW to help them.
Contacting a no-win, no-fees legal team means there is no financial risk, as they will only receive payment if the claimant’s case is successful.