Making a Claim When You Have Been Hurt by a Car
Motor vehicle accident compensation doesn’t just cover drivers and passengers, it covers all road users, including bicycle riders and even pedestrians.
Pedestrian accident compensation works just like other claims, and you can lodge your claim against the Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance of the negligent driver. If you need independent legal advice about your situation, we can assist you. Bartels Lawyers provide a free initial consultation and will act of your behalf on a no win, no fee basis.
If you are have been hurt in a motor vehicle accident as a pedestrian, you can make a claim under the motor accident insurance scheme. In order to determine the eligibility of your claim, there are important steps you should take, starting immediately after your accident.
1. Address any immediate medical concerns
2. Record the details of the accident – including when and where the accident occurred and the driver’s registration details
3. Where possible, talk to witnesses and record their contact details
4. After you leave the scene, you should organise a visit to your GP and also report the incident to the nearest police station
If you have been hurt in an accident caused by a faulty footpath, pedestrian crossing, or similar circumstances, you may also be eligible for compensation. In these cases though, you will need to make a public liability claim.
What Will I Receive Compensation For?
Just like other motor vehicle accidents, pedestrians may be compensated for:
- Medical and rehabilitation costs
- Loss of earnings
- Their pain and suffering
- Other direct expenses as a result of your accident
What Can I Do Now?
It is highly recommended that you seek legal advice if you are considering a compensation claim. An independent lawyer can evaluate your case and provide practical advice and claim assistance.
At Bartels Lawyers, we will organise a free first consultation as soon as you contact us. From there we can determine what type of compensation you may be eligible for and guide you in making your claim. The expert lawyer you meet at your very first consult will be with you throughout the process, handling all the applications and paperwork if you choose to proceed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Explore some frequently asked questions below or contact Bartels Lawyers in Brisbane for tailored legal advice and services.
How long will the claims process take?
The length of the process will depend on the complexity of your claim. More complicated claims generally involve multiple injuries, disputes about fault or other facts in the case. Most claims can usually be resolved within 18 months
How much will it cost to make a claim?
Bartels Lawyers believe in affordable legal advice for everyone, and offer a free initial consultation and work on a no win, no fee basis. Compensation claims usually involve a range of legal processes, forms, and other steps to strengthen your case. Any fees will depend on the amount of work done, and we will keep you informed of any costs as the process unfolds.
What if the at-fault driver was unidentifiable?
If the at-fault driver fled the scene of your accident, or the vehicle they were driving was uninsured, you can still make a compensation claim through a statutory government bodies. These claims involve stricter time limits though, and immediate legal advice is recommended in these cases.