If you are involved in a Darwin car accident as a driver, passenger, rider or pedestrian your most urgent priority will of necessity involve treatment of any injuries that you have sustained. Thereafter you attention will most probably turn to getting your vehicle back on the road and instructing a Darwin motor accident lawyer to make a compensation claim for damages for your losses and injuries. If you believe that you are not the person that caused the incident or that you are only partly to blame then your Darwin car accident solicitor can pursue a motor accident compensation claim against the negligent third party and make them pay or contribute to any losses that you suffer including the pain and suffering of any physical injury.
A number of third party insurance companies automatically provide a courtesy car whilst your Darwin motor accident compensation claim is in progress and your vehicle is being repaired, however by law you are entitled to a car of similar status to your own and if the insurers are not able to provide a similar vehicle then you are entitled to hire one and claim the cost from those insurers. Other costs relating to motor vehicles can also be claimed in this manner including storage and recovery charges or any reasonably incurred losses and expenses.
If you were not to blame for the motor accident our Darwin car accident lawyers are able to expedite repairs to your vehicle even if you are only insured third party. If the vehicle is a write off we should be able to get settlement of the full value of the vehicle within a few weeks of the accident.
Even if you are insured on a fully comprehensive basis you will still need to reclaim your lost policy excess from the negligent third party driver and will need to go through the same motor accident compensation claim procedure in order to recover damages for any personal injury.
In the case of a negligent driver whose identity has been established our Darwin motor accident lawyers act on a no win no fee basis and pay compensation in full with no deductions. Our claims are genuinely risk free and win or lose there is no charge. We are able to this because the insurers for the negligent third party not only pay compensation but they also pay reasonably incurred legal charges to the victim of their negligent customer as a separate item to other compensation payable directly to the client.
There are a number of matters that you should think about prior to making your motor accident compensation claim. The preservation of evidence is particularly important and you should ensure that you get full personal details not only of the driver and the insurers but also of the other vehicle involved in the incident and the full names and addresses of any witnesses. If the other driver was driving a commercial vehicle then you should also obtain the address of the company that owns the vehicle as well as the name of the person who is charged with the task of negotiating insurance and fleet matters at the company.
You should also remember to inform your own insurers about a possible motor accident compensation claim as soon as you can. You should do this even if you believe that you are not at fault. You don't usually need to inform your own insurers formally and a simple phone call will usually be good enough. Even though you may not intend claiming against your own insurer they will still send you a report form that you should complete and send back for their records. Not following the stated procedures in your own policy can have serious consequences which may involve the insurance company's refusal to indemnify you should it be necessary to involve them in due course.
If you suffered any type of personal injury and the emergency services did not treat you at the accident location then you should proceed to a general hospital with an emergency room or meet with your own doctor as soon as possible in order to document the injuries to facilitate a motor accident compensation claim in due course.
Our Darwin car accident solicitors operate the no win no fee scheme and if you instruct our Sydney motor accident lawyers to deal with your claim you will be certain that you are receiving high quality legal representation. To contact our advocates just use the helpline or complete the contact form or email our offices.LAWYER HELPLINE: ☎ 1800 339 958
The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here