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Being chased for money after a car accident?

If you were in an accident that the owner of the other car thinks was your fault, they might take steps to recover the cost of repairing or repla​cing their vehicle and other losses, such as hire car costs. You might receive a letter of demand or a court form asking you to pay them money.

If this happens you will need to work out:

    Who was at​ fault?

    When we talk about who is 'at fault', we are trying to work out who caused the car accident. Any driver who fails to take reasonable care when driving their vehicle may have contributed to the accident in some way. You need to think about whether you are at fault, another driver is at fault, or whether you are both partly at fault. For more information, see Fault.

    What losses were suffered as a result of the accident?

    The person who says that you were at fault may have suffered the following losses as a result of the car accident:

    • the cost of repairing the damage to their vehicle, or the cost of replacing their vehicle if it was a 'write-off'
    • the cost of hiring a replacement vehicle while their vehicle was being repaired
    • towing fees
    • the cost of repairing or replacing damaged personal items.

    They can only recover losses that were suffered because of the accident, and their claim must be 'reasonable'. For more information, see What can be claimed?           

    How you can respond to a claim

    You might have received a letter of demand or a court form asking you to pay the cost of repairing or replacing their vehicle and other losses, such as hire car costs. The process for responding to their claim is much the same as the debt recovery process which is explained in the Debt - small claims section of LawAssist.

    LawAssist can help if:

    • someone else claims that you owe them money to repair or replace their car or cover other losses after an accident
    • the other driver claims you are at fault
    • you don't have car insurance, or you don't want to claim on your insurance
    • the claim against you is for $10 000 or less
    • the accident happened in New South Wales.

    For more information, see Is someone chasing you for money? in the 'Debt - small claims' section of this website.

    Car iconKeep an eye out for instructions and sample court forms for car accident matters.

    Alert IconBefore you decide if you want to defend a court case, you should consider the strength of your defence by getting legal advice. If you lose the court case you may have to pay the filing and service fees and other costs in addition to the amount you owe. If the plaintiff has a solicitor or barrister appearing for them, you may also have to pay some of their legal costs. For m​ore information, see Legal costs.

    Alert IconIf someone is chasing you for more than $10 000 for damage to their car or property, you should get legal advice.

    Alert Icon​If you have received a Statement of Claim but you believe that the other party (or another driver) was at fault in the car accident and caused damage to your vehicle, you may be able to file a Cross Claim. If you are in this situation you should get legal advice because these claims can be complicated. For more information, see Cross Claims in the 'Debt - small claims' section of this website.

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