The rise of driverless vehicles - who's in control?29 June 2018 | Insurance & Health Law
You may not know it, but out on the roads, already, are driverless vehicles. They have been there for a few years. They are being tested in public areas. Private owners are taking them out for a spin and driving them to work. Soon you will be surprised to...
The big ticket changes in the new Motor Accident Injuries Act 201721 March 2018 | Insurance & Health Law
The Motor Accident Injuries Act 2017 (MAIA) sets up an entirely new system for claims relating to persons injured in motor vehicle accidents in NSW, differing in many respects from the previous Motor Accidents Compensation Act (MACA). It establishes a...
When is a road a road?21 March 2018 | Insurance & Health Law
Not every car accident occurs on a public street, highway or road. In South Australia “road” and “road-related area” are defined by section 5(1) of the Motor Vehicles Act 1959 (SA) (“the Act”) as follows: road means an...
Accident investigations: is there a role for reconstruction evidence?21 March 2018 | Insurance & Health Law
Independent expert accident investigation and reconstruction evidence can be very influential to the determination of and/or apportionment of liability. Below we examine Eicas v Dawson  SASCFC 124 where the trial judge’s decision to reduce the...
Does a driver always owe their passengers a duty of care?14 June 2017 | Insurance & Health Law
The answer is no; as demonstrated in the recent Queensland Supreme Court decision of Captain v Wosomo & Anor . The decision dealt with tragic circumstances involving a plaintiff (who was 14 years old at the time) who suffered catastrophic head...
What actions will constitute the 'driving' of a motor vehicle?8 June 2017 | Insurance & Health Law
'Driving' The concept of 'driving' has been considered in a number of previous cases from the various CTP jurisdictions throughout Australia. The High Court decision of Insurance Commission of Western Australia v Container Handlers Pty Ltd...