Nobody wants to be involved in a car accident, but they do happen. Our experienced car accident compensation lawyers can assess your claim and help you get the best possible outcome for your case.
No win no fee car accident lawyers
Anyone can be involved in a car accident, but not everyone can afford to pay for a lawyer upfront. We believe every Australian deserves compensation when they’re injured or disadvantaged by a crash, so we offer our services on a no win no fee basis. This means you could have an experienced car accident lawyer on your team, and only pay legal fees if your claim is successful. Our expertise in personal injury cases and car accident cases means we are able to assess your situation and identify whether you have a solid case to make a claim. Discover more about our no win no fee service here, or get in touch with one of our expert personal injury lawyers by contacting us.
Am I eligible to claim compensation for my car accident?
Unless you were entirely at fault for the accident, you will generally be entitled to partial or full compensation. To ensure the fault is attributed accurately, you may need to provide evidence to police and/or the insurance companies of the parties involved. This means it may be useful to take photos of the accident before the cars are moved, of the damage to the vehicles involved, or of signage or road lines at the scene.
What type of car accidents are covered in Queensland?
Some of the types of accidents we cover may include:
- Nose to tail collisions (rear ending) Accidents caused by mechanical faults
- Collisions at intersections
- Car park accidents.
Of course, as mentioned above, the specific circumstances of the accident may influence whether you are entitled to compensation, or have an impact on the amount you are eligible to receive.
How do I make a car accident compensation claim?
Making a claim after a car accident has a number of steps involved. You can do these yourself, or if you’re not confident going through the process on your own, someone from our team can help you through the claims process.
- Generally, you will need to report the accident to the police. The exception to this rule is if your accident didn’t result in a vehicle needing to be towed or if there were no injuries as a result of the crash. Of course, you shouldn’t self-assess after an accident – injuries like whiplash are common and can have long-term implications for your health and quality of life.
- If another vehicle was involved, do your best to get their registration details. If you are unable to get this information (like in the case of a hit and run accident), or if that vehicle was unregistered (and therefore uninsured) you may need to make a claim against the Nominal Defendant.
- Have a relevant expert complete the appropriate sections of the claim (for example, you may need a doctor to fill out the medical certificate).
- Ensure all sections of the claim form are completed.
- Lodge the form to the insurer of the party who was at fault, whether fully or partially. If you were also partly at fault, then the other party will also likely be making a claim to your insurer.
Be aware that there are strict time limits that apply to car accident compensation claims. We recommend seeking legal advice as soon as possible after a car or motor vehicle accident.
Why you should trust The Personal Injury Lawyers with your car accident compensation claim
For more than 30 years, our dedicated team has been providing people with expert legal advice for personal injury compensation. From motor vehicle accidents to workplace injuries, we can help you establish whether you have a solid case to claim compensation, and then help you at every stage through the claiming process. We believe everyone is entitled to receive fair compensation for injuries or damages, and we do our best to communicate in plain language, so you always know what’s going on.
FAQs about car accident lawyers and claims
Car accidents can be overwhelming. Even someone who has been through the process before can find it difficult to deal with the financial and emotional burden of going through a car crash. We’ve done our best to answer a selection of common questions people need answered after an accident, so you can get the information you need to ensure you get the best possible outcome for your situation. If you still have questions, simply get in touch with our experienced team by calling 1300 782 202.
I’m injured as a result of a car accident. Could I be entitled to compensation?
If you were injured in a car or motor vehicle accident, you may be able to receive financial compensation to make up for the inconvenience, costs and/or trauma those injuries cause. What type of compensation and how much you receive will depend on the specific details surrounding the accident and, importantly, which party was at fault.
The car accident was my fault. Can I still make a claim?
This depends on whether you were fully at fault or partly at fault. If you were fully at fault, you may not be entitled to any compensation. However, if you were partly at fault, you may still be able to get partial compensation. It is worth speaking with a professional to assess your circumstances.
What costs are involved when making a claim for compensation after a car accident?
Costs involved will depend on your situation. They can vary based on whether you need to obtain or lodge specific forms, such as medical certificates. Additionally, if you require legal services throughout your claim process you will need to pay legal fees. If your lawyer is working on a no win no fee basis, you don’t need to worry about losing everything you win to legal fees. Legislation designed to prevent that from happening is in place, so if you win, your legal team can only charge a certain portion of your winnings to ensure you are left with a fair amount of compensation for your injuries. Find out more about how legal fees are determined and calculated.
How long does a car accident claim take?
This can vary based on your circumstances and the parties involved. If it’s a straightforward claim and all parties agree on the details of the accident, it will likely be resolved much faster than if the insurer of the other person involved disputes who caused the accident. Complex cases, however, can take months to resolve. If you are unsure whether your case is likely to be simple or more difficult, we advise speaking to a legal professional; they will have a thorough understanding of the case specifics, as well as any time limitations or specific requirements that need to be met.
Will I need to go to court?
Attending court may be necessary as part of your claim. Reasons for this could be:
- The Compulsory Third Party insurance provider is resisting accepting that liability rests with the driver of the vehicle they insure.
- You were not able to identify the other vehicle involved in the accident, meaning the claim must be made against the Nominal Defendant.
Can I represent myself in court when making a claim for a car accident?
It is possible to represent yourself. However, we do not recommend people do this. Having legal expertise on your side can help ensure that documents and certificates are presented and submitted correctly and within relevant time frames. A lawyer can also assess the progression of the case and provide advice on the best course of action after each stage of the claim.
How much compensation am I entitled to?
This depends entirely on the extent of your injuries, the impact they have on your life and the costs associated with your treatment and recovery.
Who pays out the compensation for the car accident?
Typically, the CTP insurer of the party or parties who were at fault for the accident will pay out the compensation.
How do I get in touch with a car accident compensation lawyer?
Our friendly and experienced team is able to help you with your situation. Contact us by phone on 1300 782 202 or simply fill out our free instant claim assessment form online. You often will have no need to visit us, but we do service Queensland, with manin offices in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.