Car accidents can be a traumatic experience, both physically and emotionally. If you're involved in a car accident in Victoria, it's important to know what steps to take to protect yourself and make a Transport Accident Commission (TAC) claim if necessary. Follow these guidelines to maximize your chances of a successful claim:
Stop and assess the situation: Stop your vehicle and assess the situation. Call an ambulance immediately if anyone is injured. If the accident is minor and there are no injuries, move your vehicle to a safe location off the road.
Exchange information: Exchange information with the other driver, including names, addresses, phone numbers, license plate numbers, and insurance information. Take note of the other driver's name, address, phone number, license plate number, and insurance information.
Call the police: In Victoria, you must report any car accident to the police if the damage to any vehicle is more than $3,000 or if anyone is injured. Call the police immediately and provide details of the accident and the location.
Gather evidence: Take photos of the accident scene and any damage to your vehicle or other vehicles involved. Gather the names and contact details of any witnesses who saw the accident. This evidence can be important if you need to make a TAC claim.
Make a TAC claim: You may be eligible to make a TAC claim if you're injured in a car accident. Report the accident to the TAC within 12 months of the accident, and provide details of the accident, including the names and contact details of any witnesses.
Seek medical attention: Seek medical attention as soon as possible if you're injured in a car accident. This can help you get the treatment you need and can also support any TAC claim you make. Keep records of all medical appointments and treatments.
Remember, the sooner you report the accident and make a TAC claim, the better your chances of a successful claim. If you need more information or assistance with making a TAC claim, speak with a personal injury lawyer in our team. We are a team of experts, many of whom are Accredited Specialists with the Law Institute of Victoria. You can contact us here via the booking system below.
In summary, if you're involved in a car accident in Victoria, follow these steps: stop and assess the situation, exchange information, call the police, gather evidence, make a TAC claim, and seek medical attention. Protect yourself and maximize your chances of a successful TAC claim by acting promptly and diligently.
*Disclaimer: This is intended as general information only and not to be construed as legal advice. The above information is subject to changes over time. You should always seek professional advice before taking any course of action.*
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