Pedestrian Accident Compensation – Your Guide.
As a pedestrian hit by a car in NSW, you could be entitled to pedestrian accident compensation. This guide explains your rights and answer some of the most common questions about pedestrian injury claims.
I was a pedestrian hit by a car. What should I do?
Your first priority should be your health and wellbeing. Even if you don’t need to go to hospital, it’s important to get a medical assessment as some injuries can worsen over time.
If you do have injuries, it’s a good idea to speak to personal injury lawyer who specialises in pedestrian injury compensation claims. Some lawyers will provide free legal advice over the phone, so even if you don’t plan to claim compensation right away, it’s good idea to understand your rights. If you need time off work because of your injuries, it’s important to lodge your claim within 28 days in order to receive your full entitlements.
Can you claim pedestrian accident compensation if you’re hit by a car?
A pedestrian hit by a car in NSW doesn’t generally need to sue in order to receive compensation. All registered vehicles in NSW have compulsory third party (CTP) insurance. So if you’re hit by a car and injured, you can claim personal injury benefits from the CTP insurer of the vehicle that hit you. For more information on submitting a CTP claim, there’s a comprehensive range of articles on the CTP Claim Advice website.
Pedestrian hit by a car compensation
The amount of pedestrian accident compensation you’re entitled to depends on the extent of your injuries and your financial losses. In NSW you may be able to claim for:
- Past and future lost earnings
- Medical, treatment and care expenses
- Pain and suffering
Pedestrian injury settlements
In the 19 months to June 30, 2019, the average CTP payout in NSW was $10,984. A total of $179.5 million was paid out in benefits and 16,342 CTP claims were submitted*.
*According to SIRA Green Slip scheme quarterly insights, June 2019.
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How long do you have to make a pedestrian injury claim?
Pedestrian injury claims must be made within 28 days to be eligible for income support payments from the date of the accident. The final lodgment date is 3 months from the accident, although this can be extended in certain circumstances.
How long does a pedestrian injury claim take?
Once you submit your pedestrian injury claim it will be reviewed by the insurer, who will send you a letter within four weeks to tell you if they’re accepting or denying the claim. Then the insurer will start making payments to you within 14 days if they accept the claim.
Where can I get legal advice if I’ve been hit by a car?
Law Partners Personal Injury Lawyers is Australia’s largest specialist personal injury compensation law firm, with a number of specialist CTP lawyers with expertise in pedestrian accident claims. They have 15 offices across Sydney and NSW.