Reporting car accidents in New South Wales underwent a number of changes last year. The amended legislation, which came into effect on October 15 2014, will affect anyone who is involved in a minor collision throughout the state.
Figures from Transport for NSW show speeding is the biggest cause of accidents in the state, with more than 4,090 people injured each year as a result of those exceeding the limit. Those living in metropolitan as opposed to country locations were also shown to be more vulnerable to crashes, making the services of compensation lawyers more crucial than ever.
So what exactly are the changes and how are they likely to affect residents of New South Wales?
- Police will no longer attend minor accidents
The police are no longer required to attend crashes that do not meet certain criteria. If nobody has been killed or injured and neither of the parties is under the influence of an intoxicating substance, then officers won’t be sent out to the scene. They also won’t attend if everyone involved in the accident has willingly given up their personal details.
- Insurance companies need to be contacted
In light of the new legislation, the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) urged every motorist to keep a contact number for their car insurance company on hand. They will be able to offer guidance but not necessarily the best information in regards to your compensation options. In availing of injury compensation, expert lawyers should be contacted who will help you get the maximum financial payout.
“However, motorists should not agree to their vehicle being towed to a smash repairer nominated by the tow truck driver without first talking to their insurer,” noted ICA CEO Rob Whelan.
- You need to arrange for your vehicle to be towed
It’s also the case that you will no longer have to inform the police if your vehicle needs to be towed. Instead, you must get in touch with a towing company yourself – only if you can’t secure their services are you required to tell the police.
- Inform police if injuries emerge
You might not detect any injuries at the time of the accident, but this doesn’t mean they won’t be detected at a later stage. If you do find yourself suffering as a result of the collision, make sure you inform the police as soon as possible and first and foremost contact PK.
Here at PK Simpson, we’re on hand to assist with any car accident compensation claims you might have. Our highly experienced team of no-win, no-fee lawyers will assist you in every step of the claims process and remove the stress of dealing with insurers. We will make sure you are seen by specialist, unbiased doctors who will help make sure your claim is a success.
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