Seeking free legal advice for car accident?

trickyxr 22 December 2010 61

My wife was involved in a car accident she was stopped at a red light coming out of Mitchell turning onto the Barton highway she procedded when the light changed green and was t-boned her car was a write off and we have no insurance the other car has been deemed a write of by their insurer. There was a witness who told police that the lights were green for the other driver, My wife recieved a ticket for procedding thru a red light and now we are been chased for the damage to the other car(write off). However the speed limit is 40kph on the highway under the bridge I cant see how Both cars could have recieved so much damage if the other car was only doing 40kph.

My question is, Does anyone know of a lawyer in Canberra who gives free advice for the first visit who is pretty handy, and has anyone else been through this before?


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screaming banshee screaming banshee 8:19 pm 17 Jan 11

“Wife of the business owner was in a hurry and just seen the green light and went,,,,while there was still pedestrians on the crossing…she had a red turn light at the time…”

Even if she had a green light, that’s no excuse for driving into pedestrians, or anyone else for that matter.

If people don’t know they should have something other than CTP insurance then I’m not surprised that people don’t understand that a green light doesn’t isntantly mean the other person is at fault.

Captain RAAF Captain RAAF 6:19 pm 17 Jan 11

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Lazy I said :

“Please correct me if I am wrong, but doesn’t part of the ACT registration fee include Third Party Insurance with NRMA. Or do we need to take out additional third party insurance?

If so, what is the purpose of that premium with NRMA in our ACT Rego??”

That is for third party personal injury, not property. That is so if you hit someone their medical expenses / health care are covered, not the car or property.

I am concerned that this may be why a lot of people don’t take out any insurance, they think they are already insured through rego.

Wow. You are right to be concerned – I was one of those people until about 30 seconds ago.

Huh? How can anyone with even half a clue presume this, it’s clearly stated, well, everywhere!?!?!?!?

We all know people who have been in a car accident, when have you ever heard them say “It was okay, my NRMA Third Party Insurance got my car fixed!”……………………..?????

Ignorance is no excuse, neither is stupidity, if people really believe that the Third Party Insurance will cover the repairs to all cars involved in an accident then they truly don’t belong on my roads and they equally deserve the financial hardship their stupidity has bought them!

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 4:38 pm 17 Jan 11

JustThinking said :

My son was hit at a roundabout by a car that was fully insured,,,but the driver wasn’t supposed to be driving. So nil insurance!!!!
Noone checked out the drivers details at the time. Well,,name and address etc but nothing more substantial. Son ended up paying for his own car to be fixed.

Why didn’t Son’s insurance take care of it? Or was Son driving without insurance…?

colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 2:45 pm 17 Jan 11

Lazy I said :

“Please correct me if I am wrong, but doesn’t part of the ACT registration fee include Third Party Insurance with NRMA. Or do we need to take out additional third party insurance?

If so, what is the purpose of that premium with NRMA in our ACT Rego??”

That is for third party personal injury, not property. That is so if you hit someone their medical expenses / health care are covered, not the car or property.

I am concerned that this may be why a lot of people don’t take out any insurance, they think they are already insured through rego.

Wow. You are right to be concerned – I was one of those people until about 30 seconds ago.

cleo cleo 11:39 pm 29 Dec 10

I have no sympathy for people who are uninsured!

JustThinking JustThinking 3:17 pm 25 Dec 10

Crap,,a while ago a business vehicle here almost ran over pedestrians after trying to time a red light to turn green.
You know when the red light goes green then there is a few seconds of red ‘turn’ light before the ‘turn’ light goes green.
Wife of the business owner was in a hurry and just seen the green light and went,,,,while there was still pedestrians on the crossing…she had a red turn light at the time…

No idea why people do not have insurance,,,but it is not always about the car and it’s insurance.
My son was hit at a roundabout by a car that was fully insured,,,but the driver wasn’t supposed to be driving. So nil insurance!!!!
Noone checked out the drivers details at the time. Well,,name and address etc but nothing more substantial. Son ended up paying for his own car to be fixed.
Make sure you check out who was driving the car.

Tooks Tooks 12:32 pm 24 Dec 10

charges were bargained away with a determination to test the evidence before the bench. Actually was relishing the opportunity to show how benign plod can be.

Bargained away to what?

Jethro Jethro 12:31 pm 24 Dec 10

Look at all those ads for personal injury lawyers, negligence attorneys and car insurance that are on the page at the moment.

bigred bigred 11:55 am 24 Dec 10

Our household lost a 40k plus car last year in similar circumstances. The insurance sure looked after the pain of two written off cars. Step number 1 of my earlier post on this matter was applied with vigour and threatened charges were bargained away with a determination to test the evidence before the bench. Actually was relishing the opportunity to show how benign plod can be.

el el 12:30 am 24 Dec 10

I would bet that plenty of you who have replied have no insurance.

You would? Your last foray into gambling (not bothering to insure your car) didn’t pay off so well, maybe quit while you’re behind?

vg vg 7:59 pm 23 Dec 10

“I would bet that plenty of you who have replied have no insurance.”

Which is irrelevant, as your car had the accident

vg vg 7:58 pm 23 Dec 10

“Oh and the witness could have been family or friend traveling together”

Or they might have been independent, which the Police use more often than not, and your wife was bullshitting.

I have some free legal advice for you regarding car accidents. Drum roll please….

Don’t have one.

In a nutshell you are now exemplifying why people who don’t have 3rd party property are silly

Tooks Tooks 7:25 pm 23 Dec 10

I would bet that plenty of you who have replied have no insurance.

You may be right. I’ve always had 3rd party property as a minimum though, as should everyone.

trickyxr trickyxr 4:22 pm 23 Dec 10

I would bet that plenty of you who have replied have no insurance.

Tooks Tooks 2:05 pm 23 Dec 10

Tooks, yeah I know he’s just fishing, but it doesn’t mean it cant be fun having a dig your self though

Agreed. Definitely part of the fun of Riotact is having a dig at each other.

Spideydog Spideydog 11:48 am 23 Dec 10

Tooks, yeah I know he’s just fishing, but it doesn’t mean it cant be fun having a dig your self though 😉

D2 D2 10:02 am 23 Dec 10

It’s frightening how many people can’t spot the difference between “third party insurance” and “third party property insurance”.

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 9:39 am 23 Dec 10

“I wonder how many people on our roads don’t have third party property insurance due to their ignorance of what compulsory third party is.”

It’s scary that people drive around without knowing this sort of thing.

Tooks Tooks 9:22 am 23 Dec 10

You trully are an idiot. Thats why the courts are overflowing with matters ….. I have never seen someone sook so much in my life !!!!!

You know he’s just trying to get a bite. Either that, or he believes the nearly full AMC and Bimberi are a result of crooks handing themselves in…

Tooks Tooks 9:20 am 23 Dec 10

Please correct me if I am wrong, but doesn’t part of the ACT registration fee include Third Party Insurance with NRMA. Or do we need to take out additional third party insurance?

I wonder how many people on our roads don’t have third party property insurance due to their ignorance of what compulsory third party is.

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