What is ‘reasonable’ will vary depending on things like the religion or cultural background of the deceased.
To make a claim for funeral expenses you download the form from the SIRA website, complete it and ring SIRA (1300 656 919) to find out where to send the form. A claim can be made for funeral expenses regardless of who caused the accident. In the case of the Crookwell car accident, the family of the 51 year old woman can make the claim against her own Green Slip insurer if she was the driver at-fault or against the Green Slip insurer of the 70 year old man’s Green Slip insurer if he was at fault.
If the person who died lived interstate or overseas, the Green Slip Insurer is also obliged to pay the cost of transporting the deceased’s body interstate or overseas for burial in their home state or country if that is the wish of the family. Making this claim is not easy as there is limited information on the SIRA website about it and there is no form to fill in to make that claim.
If the person who died was not at fault in causing the accident, the family can claim the cost of a headstone or memorial and the ‘dependents’ of the deceased may be able to make a claim for common law damages for the cost of replacing the deceased services and for the loss of financial support.
If someone who witnesses the accident or a close family member of the deceased suffer a psychiatric injury as a result of the death (e.g. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder), they may be able to claim the cost of their treatment and lost income from the Green Slip insurer of the vehicle that caused the accident.
When someone dies in a car accident it is a time of immense grief and what follows for the family is an enormous period of adjustment.