Especially in metropolitan areas such as Sydney or New York, many elements that we encounter on daily basis but ignore can cause permanent damages to us or if not to us, to others. For this reason, every action we take should be evaluated properly as someone else might experience the harsh consequences of our incorrect actions. Mostly in the traffic, a simple wrongful act can lead to devastating accidents and can even end up with mortality. To avoid being liable for these accidents, we should take the necessary care and fulfill our duties, which are to contribute to public safety.
Motor vehicle accidents
Among the many reasons for motor vehicle accidents, the most frustrating and heart-wrenching ones are those that occur from another driver’s ignorance, selfishness, and reckless attitude. Speeding can kill the driver, but also, it can kill an innocent that can leave a family behind. With the cities growing larger and the technology being developed, motor vehicle accidents are getting more and more common each year. Without taking the impact of the Covid-19 crisis into consideration, year-to-date care collision numbers are getting more. The frequency of these accidents getting more common is the reason why all of us should value our personal care as well as valuing others.
Majority of the motor vehicle accidents occur from speeding, recklessly driving, ignoring the traffic light and the signs. Other than the tickets that these drivers will have to pay, in case of an accident, they will be liable for the accidents and will have to compensate for the loss of the victim. However, if a serious driving offense was committed, the legal penalties might get harsher.
Compensation claims in motor accidents
Victims of motor accidents can demand compensation from the insured and cover their loss with monetary damages. The loss can be economic loss due to loss of income, days off work, and impairment; or non-economic loss such as decreased life expectancy due to the severity of injuries, pain, and suffering. However, to a limited extent, even the party responsible for the accident can receive compensation. This includes monetary benefits such as the victims’. However, a lump-sum payout cannot be awarded to the party at fault and the income support payments will be ceased after some time.
Accidents in public places
Such accidents can mostly be encountered in crowded areas such as shopping malls, town halls, marketplaces, cafeterias and restaurants. In Australia, laws enforce the owners of such businesses to take care of their properties as in case of an accident, the business will be liable for the harm. Under the Civil Liability Act of NSW, it is clearly stated that every business should be maintained properly, kept away from hazards and the staff should eliminate danger factors once is noticed. Failing to do so can result in a compensation claim. Laws define these responsibilities as legal duties and obligations which almost every business should obey.
Public liability lawsuit
The victim of a similar accident can claim compensation to recover their loss just as in motor vehicle accidents however, the entitlements and the criteria might differ between States. As most businesses are covered with insurance, the claimants will have to lodge their claims through the insurer. Although it isn’t common, the insurer can decline the claim. On this occasion, the victim can carry the case to the court as the court is the one to make the final decision. The process can be quite complex and hard to deal with while suffering severe injuries. For this reason, it would be a wise choice to hire a liability compensation lawyer to handle the case professionally.