Driver Injured in Car Accident - Compensation Claims

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If you are a driver of a vehicle involved in a road accident and have suffered injuries as a result you may be eligible for personal injury compensation. Due to different motor accident compensation schemes across Australia, you may or may not have to prove fault on the part of the other driver. To find out about your entitlements you should contact our legal team for an obligation-free chat. Should you wish to pursue compensation, our motor accident lawyers will act for you on a No Win No Fee basis.

What types of injuries do drivers suffer?

  • Front-on accidents

A belted driver will typically suffer from chest and leg injuries. A driver who isn't wearing a seatbelt will typically have worse injuries to their chest and lower limbs as they often hit the steering wheel. They also might suffer a severe head injury and damage to their face.

  • Rear-end crashes

Rear-ending is the most common type of crash in Australia. Injuries typically occur to the neck, head, chest and spine. Whiplash occurs when the driver's head moves forward then backwards very quickly.

  • Side-on crashes

This type of crash is also known as being "T-Boned". When a vehicle hits the driver's side, the driver may suffer from injuries to their head, chest, abdomen, pelvis, lower extremities. Most commonly, damage is inflicted to the chest area by the door panel.

  • Rollovers

In a rollover accident, a person's head may strike the roof of the car causing a head injury. Upper extremity injuries (arms and hands) are common.

Studies have shown that wearing a seatbelt and having airbags may reduce the impact of an accident on a human body.

What are typical causes of car accidents?

  • Alcohol and/or drug impairment
  • Stress, anger issues, road rage
  • Reckless driving
  • Running red lights
  • Running stop signs
  • Vision impairment
  • Medical issues
  • Lack of driver experience
  • Inattention/distraction
  • Smoking while driving
  • Use of mobile phones

Environmental factors that can cause drivers to crash:

  • Poor road lighting
  • Pot holes
  • Bad road design and maintenance
  • Poor visbility

What compensation can an injured driver receive?

As an injured driver, you may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Reasonable medical, pharmaceutical and hospital expenses to treat your injuries from the accident.
  • Pain and suffering.
  • Loss of income and earning capacity.
  • Compensation for gratuitous domestic assistance and attendant care provided by family members.

How can a road injury solicitor help an injured driver?

An experienced and competent road injury solicitor has a thorough understanding of the law that applies to motor accidents. They will interview you and obtain the necessary information to ascertain whether a claim is worth looking into. If there is a driver accident claim worth pursuing, they will fully advise you of what is involved in taking action.

Contact our personal injury lawyers for obligation-free legal advice on obtaining accident compensation.