Have you been injured in hit and run accident? Our specialised and experienced team of personal injury lawyers are experts in hit and run injury claims.
HIT AND RUN COMPENSATION CLAIMS
Motor vehicle accidents happen very quickly and unexpectedly, and often at high speed.
It is not always possible for the person who has been injured in a sudden road accident to have the physical or mental ability to take down the particulars of the motor vehicle and the driver which caused the accident. This is generally done by the police officers who arrive on the scene to investigate what happened.
Sadly, there are some drivers who, for reasons known only to themselves, fail to stop after an accident and actually flee the accident and are never identified. Such accidents involving pedestrians, cyclists or motorcyclists are commonly known as hit and run accidents.
People injured in hit and run accidents may be unaware that they are still entitled to receive compensation for their injuries as if they were able to identify the motor vehicle and the driver responsible for the accident. Such personal injury compensation claims for compensation are made against the Nominal Defendant pursuant to a special scheme whereby the various greenslip/CTP insurers pay money into a special fund to compensate injured accident victims who have suffered serious injuries and who have complied with their obligation to conduct due search and enquiry to try and identify the motor vehicle and/or driver before the trail goes cold.
Some claims are made against the Nominal Defendant by drivers of motor vehicles who were injured due to the negligence of the driver of another vehicle, which may have changed lanes suddenly or committed some other negligent driving act.
Claims against the Nominal Defendant are different from normal personal injury claims arising from injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident in the following ways:
Claims for compensation made against the Nominal Defendant for injuries suffered in hit and run accidents are often complicated and complex and heavily investigated by the insurers or their lawyers. Such claims are often viewed with suspicion by the Nominal Defendant or the greenslip insurer to whom the Nominal Defendant’s case has been allocated.
Therefore it is of paramount importance that anyone injured as a result of a hit and run motor vehicle accident should consult an expert and experienced personal injury lawyer as soon after the accident as possible. Any delay could be fatal to the injured person’s claim and entitlement to receive compensation.
WHY CHOOSE STACKS GOUDKAMP FOR YOUR HIT AND RUN COMPENSATION CLAIM?
As already stated, claims against the Nominal Defendant can be complex and hard fought by the insurer which has been allocated the case by the Nominal Defendant.
It is therefore of paramount importance that if you are injured in the hit and run accident you consult an expert lawyer without delay.
Stacks Goudkamp’s motor vehicle injury lawyers are very experienced and knowledgeable and successful in handling hit and run claims. They know what needs to be done and they have the skill and ability to successfully negotiate the best possible outcome for their injured clients.
The exceptional personal injury lawyers at Stacks Goudkamp are also very compassionate and determined to do everything necessary and possible to ensure that their clients receive the compensation to which they are entitled.
If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in a hit and run accident, you should contact us without delay.
We have successfully acted for hundreds of people injured in hit and run accidents .
I could write a book as to how the last 4 years would have been so different if not for Tom and all the team at Stacks and Goudkamp. I was referred to Stacks by a friend while lying in hospital after an accident. Being a working husband, father of 4 and very active,the accident and what the future held was extremely frightening until I spoke with Tom and his team.
As soon as you are able to do so you should consult an expert and experienced personal injury lawyer to fully investigate the circumstances of the accident by obtaining a police report and conducting due enquiry and search to try and identify the driver and motor vehicle involved in the hit and run accident. This needs to be done as soon after the accident as possible before the trail gets cold. Failure to conduct due enquiry and search in a timely fashion could be fatal to your claim.
An experienced and knowledgeable lawyer in this area of law will also visit the scene of the accident and make his or her own enquiries about what happened from any possible witnesses who may reside in the area.
Yes, definitely. Such claims are made against the Nominal Defendant pursuant through the Nominal Defendant fund. This fund is administered by the Motor Accidents Authority and allocates claims made against the Nominal Defendant to one of the several greenslip/compulsory third party insurers in New South Wales.
The compensation to which you may be entitled is no different to the compensation to which you would be entitled if you are able to identify the motor vehicle involved in the accident.
It is still necessary, however, for you to prove that the accident was caused by the negligence of the driver of the unidentified motor vehicle.
Unlike cases where the driver has been identified, the insurer is at a distinct disadvantage in defending hit and run claims because they are unable to interview the driver of the motor vehicle involved to get his or her version of events.
Hit and run accidents involve not only pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists who have been hit by motor vehicles, but also the drivers of motor vehicles who have had to take evasive, dangerous action to try and avoid a collision with another motor vehicle, namely an unidentified motor vehicle which was being driven negligently.
The amount of compensation will depend on the severity of your injuries. If you have suffered minor injuries the compensation will probably be limited to the payment of medical expenses and, if you have been unable to work, part of your wages, for a closed period of time.
If however you have suffered serious long-term injuries, including mental injuries because of the negligence of the driver of a motor vehicle which failed to stop after the accident, you are likely to be entitled to be compensated by way of common law damages which covers pain and suffering, and future loss of earnings and loss of working and earning capacity. Such compensation is paid in a single, once-and-for-all tax-free lump sum.
There are strict time limits which apply for lodging a claim and, if necessary, for commencing court proceedings.
It is highly advisable that you consult an expert personal injury lawyer as soon after the accident as possible to advise you about the time limits, to conduct the due enquiry and search as referred to above, and to take whatever steps that are necessary to protect and promote your rights to compensation.
This really depends on the severity of her injuries and the circumstances of the accident.
If the insurer to which your case has been allocated by the Nominal Defendant is suspicious of the circumstances of the accident and intends to contest your allegation that your injuries were caused by the fault of an unidentified driver of a motor vehicle your claim will probably have to be litigated in court. This could delay the finalisation of your claim by a year or more.
Furthermore, if your injuries are serious it is prudent not to settle or finalise your claim until the full extent of your injuries and their consequences on your future lifestyle and working capacity are reasonably capable of being predicted through medical evidence and the passage of time.
Your expert and knowledgeable personal injury lawyer will know when there is enough information available to him or her to proceed to a finalisation of your claim.
If you have been injured in a hit and run accident, it can have devastating impacts on your life and finances. You may be able to initially receive compensation through at least the payment of your medical expenses and wages.
You may also be entitled to receive compensation for the following:
The amount of compensation you will receive depends on many factors. These include:
We are dedicated and the leading No Win, No Fee personal injury lawyers in NSW. For over 40 years, Stacks Goudkamp has been helping injured Australians to receive the compensation they need and deserve.
We are dedicated and the leading No Win, No Fee personal injury lawyers in NSW. For
over 40 years, Stacks Goudkamp has been helping injured Australians to receive the
compensation they need and deserve.
Call or Email us to start the process and to receive expert legal advice for personal injury or compensation claims. Seek the professional support you deserve on (02) 4058 2715 or enquire online through our website.
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We will not charge you for a comprehensive initial consultation where we will listen to your needs and provide you with free detailed advice. Compassion is what drives us. You can be sure that your questions will be answered.
Here, we will explain the next steps and what it takes to achieve the best possible outcome.
We will not require you to pay our legal fees, or any expenses (disbursements), unless we win your personal injury claim i.e you receive compensation. We know that being injured can result in terrible financial pressures.
We pride ourselves on giving every injured Australian the peace of mind that we will look after them by acting on a no win no fee basis for their compensation claims.
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