Injured in a Road Accident and need advice? Trust the Best

If you have been injured in an accident on our roads, you need a team you can trust to get you your Best possible result.

What do you need to know about starting a Motor Vehicle Accident Claim?

At Best Injury Lawyers we understand that starting a traffic accident claim can feel overwhelming and you likely don’t know where to start. That’s where the Best team comes in!

Motor vehicle claims, or CTP claims, cover a vast array of accidents that happen on Queensland roads – from rear-end collisions, to truck accidents, bike accidents or pedestrian accidents. The Best team are experts in all types of road accident claims, and you can trust us to take care of your case while you recover.

We have a team of expert motor vehicle accident lawyers standing by, ready to review your case for free and advise you on the next steps. They’ll explain everything you need to know, including time limits, what you can expect in terms of timelines, what types of compensation you can claim and what our team will do to get your Best possible result.

What road accidents can Best help with?

The Best team are experts in all types of road accident claims and are standing by to review your case for free. Find out more about the types of road accident claims we can help you with:

What other questions do you have about making a road accident claim?

A CTP (Compulsory Third Party) claim, also known as a Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) claim, is a legal process through which people who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents seek compensation for their injuries and related losses. In Queensland, CTP insurance is mandatory for all registered vehicles, and it covers compensation for individuals who are injured as a result of the negligent or wrongful actions of other drivers.

After a car accident, prioritise safety. Check for injuries and seek medical help if needed. Report the accident to the police and exchange information with the other party. Document the scene, and if possible, take photos. Contact your insurer and seek legal advice promptly. Even if your injuries seem minor, consult a healthcare professional, as some injuries may not be immediately apparent. Our firm can guide you through the process to ensure your rights are protected and evidence is preserved.

Even if a family member or friend was the person responsible for your injuries (for example, if they were driving the vehicle you were in when you were injured) you may still be able to make a claim against the vehicle’s CTP policy.  The claim will be against the CTP insurer, who will end up paying any settlement reached.

The length of a road accident claim can vary significantly depending on the circumstances of the accident and the severity of the injuries involved. Generally, it can take anywhere from a few months to several years to resolve a claim.

Factors that can affect the timeline include the complexity of the case, the willingness of the parties to negotiate, the backlog of the court system, and the length of your recovery period. In most cases, it’s advisable to reach a point of maximum medical improvement before finalising a settlement, to ensure all costs are accounted for.

The process to claim compensation after a road accident typically involves the following steps. First, you should seek medical attention: Always do this first after an accident, even if you think your injuries are minor. Next, report the accident by notifying the police and gather evidence such as photographs of the scene, witness contact details, and details of any other people involved in the accident. After that, you should notify your insurance company as soon as possible and consult with a lawyer for personal injury advice. We can guide you through the claims process thoroughly and ensure you receive the maximum possible compensation for your situation.

Yes, there are time limits for Road Accident Claims in Queensland. The key limitation period is typically three years from the date of the motor vehicle accident. This means that people injured in accidents have a three-year window to commence legal proceedings for their CTP claims. Failing to do so within this timeframe may result in the claim being barred, potentially forfeiting the right to seek compensation.

If you are making a claim against the nominal defendant (which happens if you are unable to identify the at fault vehicle or the vehicle is unregistered) then the time limit is nine months from the date of the incident.

There are also procedures in Queensland that require you to file a pre-court claim with the CTP insurer within 9 months of the motor vehicle accident.

It’s essential to note that exceptions and variations may apply, such as extensions for minors or those with mental incapacities.

To ensure compliance with applicable time limits and protect your right to pursue a CTP claim, it’s highly advisable to consult with a personal injury lawyer in Queensland promptly after an accident. An experienced lawyer can assess your case, guide you through the process, and ensure that legal proceedings are initiated within the required timeframe, safeguarding your legal rights and improving your chances of a successful CTP claim.

If the at-fault driver is uninsured or cannot be identified, you may still be eligible for compensation through the Nominal Defendant scheme.

This scheme provides coverage for victims of accidents involving unidentified or uninsured drivers. There is a strict 9 month time limit to make a claim against the nominal defendant so you must act quickly.  Our legal team can help you navigate this complex process to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Determining fault in a motor vehicle accident is important, because it will aid in determination of whether you have a claim or not. You need to prove fault in order to make a claim. Determining fault is usually pretty straight forward in a two vehicle accident, and depends on who breached the road rules. Multi-vehicle accidents can be more complex.

Below is some evidence you should try and obtain (if available) to help prove who was at fault:

  • Dash cam footage, if it is available
  • Police reports, as they usually contain a comprehensive summary of who was involved and each driver’s version of events
  • Obtain details of witnesses on the scene and talk to them to see what they recall seeing
  • Photographs of the scene of the accident
  • The damage to each vehicle can tend to held prove how an accident happened
  • Photographs of any markings left of the road

The amount of compensation you can expect to receive for a personal injury claim, including a CTP (Compulsory Third Party) claim in Queensland, varies widely and depends on several factors. These factors can include the severity of your injuries, the impact on your life, medical expenses, lost income, and other related damages.  Having an experienced road accident lawyer on your side also makes a big difference and the team at Best are experts at proving CTP claims and negotiating favourable settlements.

In the 2022/23 financial year, 8,351 CTP claims were lodged in Queensland and the average settlement reached was approximately $122,000.  Some claims are much larger, and some are much more modest and the amount you receive is tailored to your specific circumstances.

CTP claims cover a broad spectrum of injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents. These injuries can range from relatively minor ones like whiplash and soft tissue injuries to more severe conditions such as fractures, spinal injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and even fatalities. The coverage extends to both physical and psychological injuries directly resulting from the accident.

The types of damages you can recover, include:

  • General damages – for pain and suffering;
  • Past and future loss of wages;
  • Loss of superannuation;
  • Past and future medical expenses;
  • Other past and future out of pocket expenses;
  • The cost of past and future care; and
  • Legal costs.

For more information about what you can claim, click here.

Yes, you can seek compensation for lost income resulting from your injuries in a motor vehicle accident. This compensation covers not only the income you’ve already lost but also any potential future income you might miss due to the accident. It’s crucial to maintain detailed records of your income, including pay slips and employment contracts, to support your claim.  If there is an employment or study opportunity you have missed out on, it’s important to keep details of that as well.

While it’s not mandatory to have legal representation when filing a motor vehicle accident claim in Queensland, it’s highly recommended. An experienced personal injury lawyer can provide invaluable assistance in navigating the complex legal process, ensuring that your rights are protected, and optimising your chances of receiving fair and full compensation. They can help gather evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and represent your interests in court if necessary.

We know it can be overwhelming to know which firm to trust with your road accident claim, there’s a lot of us out there! We also know it can sound a little biased when we tell you to choose Best.

There are a few reasons we think you should choose Best as your road accident lawyers:

  1. We hire the Best people: our team aren’t only some of the sharpest legal minds in Queensland (no really, we win awards for it) but they’re also genuinely good people, who care about their clients. When we say we hire the Best, we mean we hire people who care about every case and every client, people you’d want fighting for you that you’d also happily catch up over a cuppa with.
  2. We will never leave you out of pocket: how so?
    • No Win, No Fee. Forever. You will only be charged if we win your case, so you can rest easy that we will be doing everything we can to put you in a better place than when you started your CTP claim with us.
    • 30% fee cap. Some firms take around 50% of your compensation claim, we cap at 30% +GST to cover our fees (so even if our fees are more than that, we won’t charge you for it).
    • We cover out-of-pocket expenses. We want you to be able to focus on recovery, but we know this can be expensive. We will cover the costs for your treatments and recovery, and you will only be expected to pay for these if your case is successful (these will be added as a part of your compensation claim, for the insurer to pay for).
  3. We take on cases other firms won’t, and we win them: we have a history of taking on claims other firms won’t, because we’re not afraid of hard work and because we know the difference a successful claim will make to you and your life.

Would you like to learn more about why you should choose Best? You can read more about our firm and our promises to you here.

How easy is it to get your road accident claim underway with Best?

We want to ensure it’s as easy as possible for you to get your road accident claim started, so that you can focus on treatment and recovery. So what can you expect from us, should you start the process today?

1

We review your case for free

Just submit any form on our site, or give us a call, and the Best team can review your case for free, today.

2

Meet our Team

The Best team will meet you, wherever works best for you – home, hospital, a cafe or our offices.

3

We get to work

We start work on your case, including covering out of pocket expenses to run your claim, so that you can feel better while we fight for your Best result.

How do you get our Best?

These are our promises to you, every case, every client.

Free Case Review,
by our Principal

We put our Best on your case from day one, and we take on cases others won’t – because we really are the Best.

No Win, No Fee.
Forever.

If we can’t win your case, you owe us nothing. We never let you walk away in a worse position.

30% +GST
Fee Cap

Because your Best outcome only matters if it’s in your pocket and goes towards your Best life.

Your Case,
Our Best

We hire the Best industry professionals and place senior lawyers on all cases, so you get your Best result.

What do clients say about
working with Best?

Ryan Stehlik from Best Injury Lawyers and his team are without a doubt the best law firm I have dealt with. He was very clear of the process every step of the way. Not only did Ryan achieve a great result, but his service was always very professional, was always focused on the matter and was always available to discuss any questions.
Alan M.
Brisbane
A big thank you to the team at Best Injury Lawyers. Outstanding services across all elements, from communication, the efficiency in their work and dedication they show throughout. My entire experience was stress free, Ryan in particular is an amazing lawyer who provides constructive legal advice, reassurance, and exceptional client service. Nothing but pure professionalism from Best Injury Lawyers. Number one law firm
Julia K
Brisbane
Quality plaintiff lawyers who have their client’s best interests at heart are hard to come by, but Ryan is definitely one of them. Professional and personable, he is certainly the only plaintiff lawyer I would recommend to friends/family.
Elanor F.
I would highly recommend Ryan and his team to represent you should you require his services. Ryan and his team are professional, will tell you what you need to know and keep you informed every step of the way. They are a pleasure to deal with and take all the stress out of your claim for you.
Arch D.

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