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Canberra car accident found to have induced PTSD in bystander


Road accidents have serious and painful consequences for those involved. Even people who are not physically injured in these incidents can walk away harmed by the experience. Trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder are possible outcomes, and they should be taken seriously. Psychological conditions induced by crashes can linger for years,…

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Sentence handed down in fatal truck crash


An ACT Supreme Court case centred on a truck accident in Canberra has reached its conclusion. The fatal accident took place in 2018, and led to the death of four-year-old Blake Corney. A truck struck the car Corney's family was riding in. It became a matter for the Supreme Court…

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ACT driver charged in crash near Crookwell


Drivers in Canberra and the ACT should always be alert, even at times when the roads seem clear. In any town or city, large or small, there is a risk of road accidents. Focusing on the incidents in a specific location can demonstrate the ongoing risk posed by dangerous driving.…

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Road deaths rising – even with coronavirus traffic slowdown


As stay-at-home orders continue across Australia, the number of vehicles on the road has declined sharply. However, perhaps counter intuitively, the number of fatal accidents is on the rise.In many parts of the country, the risk of deadly crashes is rising despite the decline in traffic on Australia's roads, according…

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Man loses accident liability suit due to inconsistencies in testimony


In many automobile accidents, someone who is injured may have plenty of evidence on their side to help them win damages from a defendant. However, that's not always the case, as was found in a recent NSW court decision involving a man and the Nominal Defendant.Aiman Elkodat sought damages after…

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Two recent car accidents in NSW result in fatalities


Car accidents continue to be prevalent across Australia even with social distancing rules in place. Despite a decrease in road traffic reported by the Sydney Morning Herald, two serious accidents recently occurred in NSW that resulted in fatalities.Woman dies in head-on collision with truckOn the morning of 29 April, a…

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Coronavirus resulting in fewer car accidents across Australia


The global outbreak of the novel coronavirus has temporarily changed the way of life for billions of people around the world, and with many stuck at home, they're not driving nearly as much as they used to. The result for Australians? A notable decline in the number of traffic accidents.Care providers…

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Easter weekend results in an increase of car accidents despite social distancing rules


Even though Australians are being encouraged to travel less, governments in South Australia and Victoria are reporting road tolls on pace to match last year's levels. According to ABC News, 2019 was one of the worst years for road fatalities in almost a decade in South Australia, and this year…

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Are insurers not liable in accidents involving animals?


In October 2019, a musician was travelling across Australia and got into a car accident involving kangaroos who were in the roadway. He tried to file a claim to help him cover the cost of the accident, but was denied by his auto insurer.Specifically, the claim was denied on the…

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Can I get compensation in a “hit and run?”


Hit-and-run accidents are unfortunate events that can leave you in a difficult position: Your vehicle may be badly damaged, you or someone you know may be injured (or worse) and you may feel you have little recourse to claim compensation or damages.However, that's not necessarily the case. According to the…

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What are your car accident reporting obligations?


If you have ever been involved in a car accident or have witnessed one, you know that it can be a terrifying ordeal. With all of the stress that comes along with it, it can be easy to forget what your responsibilities are for dealing with the situation. It's natural…

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Who can make a claim for a deceased family member’s compensation?


If you have a family member who died as a direct result of their involvement in a car accident, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. However, eligibility can vary based on a number of details, and as such, you need to do the proper research and…

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Expired vehicle registration leads to payout


If you've ever wondered why it's important to have your vehicle's registration up to date, learn from this woman's lesson: Her 2015 crash led to a $40,000 payout for her injured passengers, which she recently found out that she might have to pay back to the Motor Accidents Insurance Board…

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Athlete involved in car crash despite quarantine rules


A star athlete of the Aston Villa football club is reported to have been involved in a strange car accident despite being ordered to quarantine due to COVID-19 fears. According to 7News, the man crashed his Range Rover vehicle into two parked cars. Police reported that the driver had left…

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Woman sentenced in hit-and-run car crash


A 27-year-old woman killed a 25-year-old man while driving recklessly and under the influence of drugs. She was recently sentenced to a minimum of five years and seven months in prison, as she pleaded guilty to charges of death by dangerous driving and leaving an accident scene, according to ABC…

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Seven hospitalised after bus carrying high school rowers crashes and rolls


Last month, a bus owned by Adelaide's Scotch College crashed and rolled in far-west Victoria near the South Australian border. The 22 January accident resulted in seven students being taken to hospital, according to ABC.Portland's Sergeant Ryan Nelson reported the bus was carrying 21 teenage students and four adults when…

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Two of the New South Wales most recent and noteworthy vehicle injury cases


  Car accidents are some of the most common injury-causing accidents all over the world, and New South Wales is no different. Here are two of the region's recent and noteworthy vehicle injury cases: 16-year-old bicyclist hit and killed A teenage boy was hit by a car 11 February 2020…

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Is Canberra among Australia’s crash hot spots


Awareness of motor accident hot spots across Australia can help drivers be more cautious in these crash-prone areas. Research from Budget Direct shows that 34 per cent of fatal car accidents in Australia happen in the major cities. So where does Canberra fit in? AAMI's list of crash hotspots Insurance provider AAMI…

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Does it matter who was at fault for ACT car accident compensation


After a motor vehicle accident, who the court determines is at fault matters. The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) requires that every registered vehicle owner has Compulsory Third-Party Insurance (CTP) in the event that they cause an accident that injures other people. What follows is a look at what CTP insurance is…

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What is the ACT Road Safety Strategy?


While the ACT has one of the best road safety rates in Australia, every year an average of 14 people are killed and 565 are injured on ACT roads, according to the state government. In order to prevent complacency, the ACT released the ACT Road Safety Strategy (RSS) in November…

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ACT car accidents – Is CTP insurance covering this common issue?


More than 285,000 motor vehicles are registered or re-registered in Capital Territory (ACT) annually, according to the ACT Treasury. Each of these need to be covered through compulsory third party (CTP) insurance to be roadworthy, with unregistered car owners at risk of financial penalties and liability for motor vehicle accidents.…

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Can I claim compensation for a cycling accident in the ACT?


A survey from Austroads suggests that 15.5 per cent of Australians ride a bicycle in a typical week. Despite the health benefits and convenience associated with cycling, accidents do happen - and sometimes they involve fatalities. In the 12 months to August 2018 there was a 48 per cent increase…

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How does CTP insurance work in the ACT?


The government of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) put regulations in place that require everyone who owns a motor vehicle in Australia, no matter the state or territory, to purchase compulsory third-party (CTP) insurance each year when the vehicle is registered. There are currently around 280,000 motor vehicles registered (or…

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Can I claim compensation if a kangaroo jumps in front of my car?


Animals cause more car accidents in the ACT than you might think. In 2015, 172 crashes involved a vehicle striking an animal, according to the latest territory government statistics. New research from insurer AAMI shows almost one-in-ten car accidents in Canberra are animal-related collisions, making the city the country's biggest hot spot…

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Is there a maximum compensation amount for ACT car accident injuries?


Compensation can provide vital financial support for people who have suffered serious injuries in a road traffic accident. But are there limitations on how much money someone can receive? The answer to this question depends on several factors, including: Who was to blame for the accident? How severe were your injuries?…

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What do I do if the negligent driver in an ACT car accident disappears?


With dozens of car accidents happening on ACT roads every day, it's rare to encounter a motor vehicle collision case which is easily resolved. One such occasion is when a vehicle causes an accident which injures you - but then disappears immediately afterwards. If this happens, how do you claim…

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What should I do immediately after a car accident in the ACT?


It takes only a second to suffer a serious motor vehicle collision. While the initial shock of such an aggressive disturbance can cloud your judgement, it's vital that you follow these steps immediately after a car accident. Not only will they help to ensure the safety of everyone involved, following…

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Why must you slow down when driving past first responders?


First responders regularly put their lives on the line to protect and serve citizens, so the ACT government has unveiled a new speed limit in order to help emergency services personnel feel safer on the job. From April 14, drivers must slow down to 40 kilometres per hour (km/h) when…

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What is the ACT CTP citizens’ jury?


Roughly 285,000 motor vehicles are registered in the Capital Territory annually according to ACT Government's CTP Scheme. Motorists pay for Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance as part of their motor vehicle registration in case of vehicle collision, but calls to change the scheme have been increasing in recent years. In order…

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Do cyclists have to wear a helmet in Canberra?


The Australian Road Rules are applicable to all ACT road users, including cyclists, with particular safety regulations for this group. These laws clearly state that any person on a bike must wear a helmet if the bike is moving or unparked, in order to reduce the risk of injury. Who does…

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What is the maximum I can receive in car accident compensation?


Car accident compensation is designed to cover both the economic and non-economic costs (otherwise known as general damages) that road users suffer if they are involved in a crash. The financial impact of sustaining car accident injuries can be significant, particularly if you are the primary money earner in your family. People…

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Do I have to give notice before proceeding with an injury claim?


Anyone making personal injury claims in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) must provide the individual or organisation they believe is at fault with notice that they intend to pursue damages. This requirement also applies to motor accident compensation claims, so there are certain steps you must follow if you are involved…

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What steps should I take after a motor vehicle accident in the ACT?


Even relatively minor car accidents are disorienting, which is why compensation claims will probably be the furthest thing from your mind if you are ever involved in a crash. However, understanding the steps you should follow when a collision occurs can help ensure the health and safety of you and…

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What is the Lifetime Care and Support Scheme?


People who are fault for motor vehicle crashes in Australia are typically excluded from receiving car accident compensation. At best, they are likely to see their claim for damages reduced for contributory negligence. But at-fault drivers can still experience devastating injuries that place them under a severe emotional and financial…

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What is contributory negligence in a car accident compensation claim?


Car accidents can have a huge impact on an individual's quality of life, especially when the person suffers permanent injuries that hinder their ability to perform day-to-day activities. Compensation is often available to people who suffer serious injuries following a vehicular crash in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), but what…

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Day Surgery Patient Settles Medical Negligence Claim Against ACT Hospital for $195,000


This case involved a 60 year old woman who was admitted to a hospital in the Australian Capital Territory for day surgery. She was required to fast prior to the surgery which often occurs in certain day surgeries. Her surgery was performed between around 2:30pm after arriving at the hospital…

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How long will it take to resolve my ACT medical negligence claim?


Estimating the duration of a personal injury case is always difficult. Each medical negligence claim is different, and unforeseen circumstances can cause delays or even expedite the process. Whether or not the matter proceeds to court hearings is a major factor in how long a claim takes to resolve. At…

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What safety tips should cyclists follow in the ACT?


Cycling accidents have become a growing concern in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) following several high-profile incidents over the last few years. The tragic death of endurance cyclist Mike Hall in March sparked debate over whether the ACT's roads were still safe for people riding their bikes. Furthermore, a man…

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What are the most common types of car accident in the ACT?


Manufacturers have taken great strides in recent years to make vehicles safer for drivers, passengers and other road users. But traffic accidents remain a significant hazard in modern society. In fact, they are the third most frequent cause of death in people aged between 25 and 44, according to Australian Institute of…

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Can ACT doctors be negligent when suicide attempts occur?


Nearly 2,900 people in the country committed suicide in 2016, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data. Suicide is also the leading cause of death among Australians aged between 15 and 44, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare research shows. Medical practitioners have an obligation to ensure they…

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What is the Nominal Defendant in a car accident claim?


The terms 'plaintiff' and 'defendant' are used in car accident compensation cases - and other civil law matters - to represent the individual pursuing the claim and the people or organisations being accused, respectively. As a plaintiff, you may encounter another phrase: the Nominal Defendant. But what does this mean?…

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What is the biggest payout for medical negligence in the ACT?


Medical negligence payouts can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, but the biggest settlements may result in a plaintiff receiving compensation worth millions. So what is the largest payout that a hospital in the ACT has ever made? This is a difficult question to answer, as many claims…

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What evidence do I need to proceed with a medical negligence claim?


Medical negligence claims are a complex area of liability law. They are often among the most difficult cases for claimants to win because medical practitioners perform a challenging job in high-pressure environments, so they are afforded some professional leeway. But medical negligence is still taken seriously in the ACT. A…

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How can I avoid animals on the road?


Canberra has the dubious honour of being the Australian city where the most collisions occur between vehicles and animals. It is the second year in a row that the ACT capital topped the rankings, according to insurer AMMI. The firm analysed 40,000 claims across 2015 and 2016, with kangaroos found…

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What does informed consent mean for ACT medical negligence claims?


Medical practitioners must obtain informed consent from patients before going ahead with treatments in the ACT, but what does this mean? Informed consent is when you formally acknowledge that you have been warned of the potential risks of treatment and are agreeing to proceed. This may sound like a simple…

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Where are the ACT’s crash hot spots?


Some roads get a reputation for being dangerous. Whether it's traffic volumes, a lack of safety barriers or poor street lighting, there are many reasons why certain stretches of road become crash hot spots. But where are the ACT's most hazardous highways? Recent AAMI Crash Index analyses of insurance claims,…

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What time limits apply to an ACT medical negligence claim?


Medical practitioners perform a difficult job to excellent standards every day in the ACT. But treatments can go wrong, and professionals are sometimes at fault for negative outcomes because of negligence. While incidents are fairly uncommon, medical negligence can have a devastating impact on a patient's quality of life following…

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How much medical negligence compensation is paid out in the ACT?


Medical negligence can have a significant impact on patients, leaving them with serious injuries, illnesses and disabilities that affect their quality of life. The majority of medical practitioners do an excellent job. Yet mistakes happen, and when medical practitioners breach their duty of care, the consequences can be disastrous. But…

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What are ‘non-economic losses’ in ACT car accident compensation cases?


Car accidents remain a significant threat to road user safety in the ACT, with government statistics showing an average of more than 20 crashes every day in the territory in 2015. The number of reported incidents has stayed relatively consistent over the last 10 years, despite a 25 per cent…

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Young Canberra father receives over $475,000 following motor vehicle accident


On 18 September 2014 our client was the driver of a vehicle which was involved in a car accident in Canberra, ACT. Our client received a burst fracture to his lumbar spine, injuries to his neck and shoulder. Our client also incurred psychological injuries in the months following the accident. Following…

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