Assistance with Overseas Motor Vehicle Accidents
What a nightmare – you’ve gone overseas to immerse yourself in a new culture, for business or just for a relaxing holiday, only to become involved in an overseas motor vehicle accident.
What To Do If I’m Involved in a Car Accident Abroad?
The first thing to remember is seek medical treatment and not to let the stress overtake you. Whilst you are still in the foreign country, you should gather as much information about the accident as possible. This should include photographs of the vehicles, names and contact details of witnesses, details of the insurance companies of the vehicles, and copies of the police report and your foreign medical records.
The good news is that even though we are all the way back in Australia, we can provide assistance. We can advise you by telephone or email on what you should do to preserve your rights before you return home.
What If I’m Partly at Fault in the Road Accident Abroad?
Even if you are partly at fault, you may still be entitled to compensation. If you’re not sure about whether or not you are considered negligent in the accident, it is best to get in touch with us as soon as possible.
We recommend recording as much information as possible about the accident and passing it onto us so that we have all the tools necessary to help.
What Types of Motor Accidents Abroad Can I Receive Help With?
Our travel law team are experts in bringing claims for Australians who have been injured in various motor vehicle accidents abroad including car accidents, motorbike accidents, moped accidents, coach accidents, and accidents as pedestrians. We have successfully represented clients injured in Fiji, Pacific Islands, Europe and the USA.
Get in Touch With Us
Many clients have the option to bring the claim in Australia or the foreign country where the accident occurred. We will advise you on the advantages and disadvantages of the options available to you, and guide you through the legal process no matter which option you chose.
If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident abroad, contact our friendly team of experts at Stacks Goudkamp to see if you have a claim. We are more than happy to provide an obligation-free appointment to determine your current situation and guide you through the often challenging overseas legal processes.
Motor Vehicle Accident Compensation Case Studies
Our expert travel lawyers successfully brought a compensation claim for HT, a cruise passenger who was injured on a shore excursion in Asia.
HT booked a city sight seeing tour of Singapore through his cruise operator. The tour was conducted on a mini bus with fellow passengers, along with a driver and tour guide.
HT enjoyed the tour, however the minibus became delayed in traffic on return to the ship. The driver therefore had to make up time so that his passengers were not delayed for the ship’s departure.
The minibus was being driven quickly on the final approach to the cruise ship terminal. The driver was driving at an excessive speed and had to brake suddenly at red traffic lights. The minibus was not fitted with seatbelts. The sudden braking caused our client to move violently in his seat, causing him a whiplash injury.
HT made a good recovery for his injury. However we were able to secure him compensation from the cruise line to cover his medical expenses and lost enjoyment of the remainder of his cruise.