If you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligent actions anywhere in New South Wales, you may be entitled to seek compensation to help pay for medical bills and lost wages which are no fault of your own. Personal injury lawyers in Sydney NSW have many years experience dealing with all types of personal injury in this state.
The most common personal injuries which may lead to a claim for compensation include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bus and public transport accidents
- Slip trip and fall accidents
- Dog bites
- Medical negligence or malpractice
- Defective products.
Vehicle Accidents in New South Wales
You are more likely to be hurt or killed by another vehicle driver than any other type of accident in New South Wales. The fatality rate for the state so far this year is 314, compared to 280 for the same period last year, according to Transport for NSW. In 2015, there were 12,120 serious injuries requiring hospitalisation.
Although there are many more cars on state highways than commercial vehicles, trucks kill more people than any other type of vehicle. The sheer number of vehicles now moving on Australian roads and the size of many of them mean that vehicle accidents are likely to remain the top of the accident list for the foreseeable future.
The four most common reasons why so many people are needlessly injured or killed on our highways includes:
- Distracted driving, particularly the illegal use of cell phones and other electronic devices, keeps attention diverted away from what is happening around the driver.
- DUI, which is when drivers who are affected by the use of alcohol or mind altering drugs cause many accidents on our roads despite campaigns against this behaviour.
- Speeding and dangerous driving. Many accidents are caused by drivers who drive too fast for the conditions, are too close to the vehicle in front, fail to yield the right of way at an intersection, overtake over a yellow line, run red lights and fail to stop at stop signs.
- Defective or faulty vehicle parts, especially brakes, steering and lights accounts for a significant minority of vehicle accidents.
Contacting a Personal Injury Lawyer in Sydney
However your injury has been caused, if you strongly think that it was caused by someone else’s negligence, it is advisable to contact a personal injury lawyer in Sydney as soon as possible. There are time limits on when you can submit a personal injury claim in New South Wales and a cap on any damages claimed which do not directly relate to medical bills, lost income or other “economic damages”. Your personal injury lawyer will be able to assess your accident and injury and give a professional opinion whether you are likely to succeed if you file a lawsuit against the at-fault party or parties.