If you’re involved in an accident, don’t panic, here are some tips to make the process a little less daunting and scary:
- If you can’t move the car, turn on the hazard lights.
- For insurance purposes, please take photos before you move any vehicle.
- Always check to see if the other party involved is okay. If they are injured, call 000.
- If there is property damage or the other party doesn’t want to give their details, don’t be afraid to call the police. They will help.
- If it’s a minor incident like you scratch someone else’s car, leave a note with your info.
ACT - CTP (Compulsory Third Party)
NSW - SIRA (State Insurance Regulatory Authority)
QLD - MAIC (Motor Accident Insurance Commission)
SA - MAC (Motor Accident Commission)
TAS - MAIB (Motor Accident Insurance Board)
VIC - TAC (Transport Accident Commission)
WA - ICWA (Insurance Commission of Western Australia)
6. Get independent legal advice – It is critical that you obtain expert advice from your own independent lawyer to ensure that you are aware of your rights, entitlements and the time limits that apply to claiming compensation.
It’s important to remember that CTP insurers and statutory bodies will have their own lawyers advising them on your claim, however, they are not required to provide you with legal advice and they may not automatically pay you what you are fully entitled to.
Remember, accidents happen, so keep a cool head and do your best to do the right thing. In circumstances where you have suffered physical or psychological injuries as a result of the accident, it’s best to engage an experienced transport accident lawyer as early as possible.
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The contents of this blog post are considered accurate as at the date of publication. However the applicable laws may be subject to change, thereby affecting the accuracy of the article. The information contained in this blog post is of a general nature only and is not specific to anyone’s personal circumstances. Please seek legal advice before acting on any of the information contained in this post.