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Car passengers making crash compensation claims

Transport Accident Commission figures show many passengers in Greater Shepparton road crashes making compensation claims.

JARROD WHITTAKER January 22, 2014 4:04am

Greater Shepparton drivers are being warned their actions can affect others in their cars, with figures revealing passengers are more likely to claim accident compensation.

Transport Accident Commission figures reveal of the 47 claims resulting from crashes in Greater Shepparton, 20 were from passengers.

Drivers made 14 claims in the same period. Motorcyclists and pedestrians made five each and cyclists two.

The commission characterised one claim as unknown.

Shepparton police area Inspector Ian Bull said decisions on the road had wide-ranging impacts.

‘‘I think people need to understand that it’s not just themselves they need to be concerned about,’’ Insp Bull said.

‘‘It impacts on their families, their friends and their friends’ families.

‘‘The consequences of road trauma reverberate through communities.’’

The figures reveal no age group was particularly more likely to make a claim, with a fairly even distribution among the groups.

However, the majority of the incidents occurred between noon and 6pm.

Of the 47 TAC claims lodged in Greater Shepparton during the past financial year, 22 stemmed from incidents during the afternoon.

Insp Bull said the figure was not surprising.

‘‘That’s what we’d call a peak time,’’ he said.

‘‘We will see more cars on the road in the morning and late in the afternoon when people are travelling to and from work.’’

Insp Bull said there had not been a fatality in Greater Shepparton this financial year.

‘‘We’re pleased we haven’t had a fatality so far this financial year,’’ he said.

‘‘But we all need to be extremely vigilant.’’

He said a range of factors contributed to the lack of a fatality.

‘‘Our Cool Heads program has been very successful in reducing the number of fatalities and serious injuries in young drivers,’’ Insp Bull said.

‘‘We have a highly visible police presence in Greater Shepparton.’’

He said he hoped the road safety message was ‘‘starting to sink in’’.

‘‘But we’re not going to get complacent, because we know depending on driver behaviour these figures can change very quickly.’’

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