Australia’s strict car seat laws and third party insurance requirements ensure that victims receives their due compensation when involved in an accident.
Car accidents are commonplace across the world and Australia is no exception. Fortunately, there are measures that can reduce the seriousness of any injuries they sustain and legislation to enforce these procedures, such as seatbelt laws.
Nevertheless, there is no foolproof way to prevent all instances of car accidents. In these situations, Australia’s legal system allows victims to receive injuries compensation for accidents when they are not at fault.
Why does Australia have car seat laws?
Transport for NSW states that all children up to seven years old in Australia must be correctly restrained according to their size and age. This is in accordance with a joint Australian and New Zealand Standard, finalised in 2010.
According to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, August alone saw 119 road deaths. Car seats can reduce the impact and likelihood of a serious injury arising from an accident.
Roy Morgan Research reported that, as of March this year, 19.1 per cent of motorists had experienced at least one accident while driving in the previous five years. Roy Morgan Research Automotive Industry Director Jordan Pakes reminds drivers of the legal consequences of causing an accident.
“As the number of motorists on Australian roads continues to climb, it is crucial that government authorities keep campaigning to raise awareness about road safety and ensure that drivers who endanger others are penalised appropriately,” says Mr Pakes.
When involved in a serious car crash, pursuing compensation may require the assistance of accident solicitors.
What can you do if you or your child are involved in an accident?
In Australia, if you are involved a motor vehicle accident that was not your fault and you suffered an injury, it is likely that you will be eligible for injuries compensation. This is due to the compulsory third party insurance regulations in Australia.
According to the NSW government, third party insurance allows personal injury lawyers to ensure motor vehicle accidents resulting in harm are adequately compensated. In NSW, you are able to claim benefits on behalf of your injured child regardless of who was at fault.
If you have been involved in an accident, it is likely you are entitled to injuries compensation. Contact the accident solicitors at PK Simpson for advice on the next step to take.