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Since the 1970s it has been compulsory to wear a seatbelt when traveling by car in NSW.  While this is important to avoid serious personal injuries in the event of a car accident, failing to wear a seatbelt does not necessarily prevent the traveler from receiving compensation after receiving a personal injury.

Any injured road user is entitled to receive up to $5000 to cover expenses such as medical treatment costs or lost earnings as a result of a car accident, regardless of who was at fault.

If the injured person’s losses are more serious and exceed that threshold, they may be entitled to pursue additional personal injury compensation benefits from a Third Party Insurer.  Although there may be a reduction in entitlements for traveling without a seatbelt, the injured person may still be entitled to claim compensation in relation to further income loss, treatment expenses, domestic care and pain and suffering.

Our Personal Injury and Compensation Lawyers can provide practical solutions and exceptional results in relation to your compensation claim, on a No Win, No Fee basis.  Call 1300 773 529 or email a personal injury compensation lawyer at We can then arrange an initial telephone conference to discuss.

Matthews Folbigg has over 50 years’ experience protecting personal injury and compensation rights of people living in Parramatta and the Hills.