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Motor accidents in NSW

You may have viewed this frightening footage of a near-miss between a school bus and semi-trailer on Sydney M5 motorway recently. Considering what might have happened, it’s enough to make you look twice next time you’re on the roads.

Unfortunately, not all Sydney drivers and their passengers are so lucky. During 2016, there were 384 road fatalities in NSW alone and many more seriously or otherwise injured in motor accidents.

If you are injured in a motor accident, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries.

While a limited amount of compensation is often available for at-fault drivers, third party compensation claims for passengers or drivers who were not at fault can be significant.

Initally, an Accident Notification Form lodged within 28 days of the accident can provide treatment expenses up to $5,000 regardless of fault.

Further injury compensation can be claimed by lodging a Personal Injury Claim Form against the insurer of the at-fault driver within 6 months of the accident.
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Changes to Motor Accident Scheme in NSW

The NSW Government has now passed the Motor Accident Injuries Act 2017 and it is expected to become law later this year. The new compulsory third party laws will change the insurance scheme for people who are injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident.

The proposed law establishes a hybrid scheme. The benefits available to injured people will now be determined based on whether their injuries are soft tissue or minor psychological injuries, or more significant injuries.

The aim is to provide all injured people with income and other support after they lodge a claim.

The changes are similar to the NSW Workers Compensation scheme; provisions will be made for a form of statutory income, and medical and care benefits paid for up to six months without the need for fault to be proven.

If you have suffered personal injuries in a motor vehicle accident, speaking to a lawyer can help clarify your options and entitlements.

Our Personal Injury 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 lawyer at info@matthewsfolbigg.com.au. We can then arrange an initial telephone conference to discuss.
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