Road Trauma Support Services Victoria (RTSSV) is pleased to announce a new partnership with Slater and Gordon Lawyers.

Founded in 1935, Slater and Gordon is committed to providing access to justice and achieving the best outcomes for clients, including those who have lost loved ones to road trauma. RTSSV CEO, Bernadette Nugent, said she was delighted to welcome Slater and Gordon to the RTSSV community.

“The partnership will help RTSSV continue to provide our vital services, including our free counselling, information and support for every Victorian impacted by road trauma,” Ms Nugent said.

“There are people in our midst who live with the reality of road trauma every day, be they bereaved family members and friends, the injured, drivers involved in road crashes, emergency service workers and witnesses.

“The road toll reaches far beyond the number of deaths and injuries counted each year.”

Partnering with Slater and Gordon and other law firms assists RTSSV financially and, most importantly, gives our clients the opportunity, if needed, to source appropriate legal assistance and support.

Slater and Gordon CEO, John Somerville, said the firm was supportive of the important work RTSSV does.  Mr Somerville said their motor vehicle accident lawyers often heard firsthand about the life-changing effect road trauma has on their clients’ lives, and on that of their loved ones.

“The injured people we work with are going through some of the most challenging times in their lives after experiencing a road trauma,” Mr Somerville said.

“When they reach out to us, they know they will receive the care and support they need from highly experienced teams who specialise in personal injury law.”

Why we partner with law firms

Being involved in a transport incident may be very distressing, and many people feel overwhelmed by everything that is happening.

There may be legal matters that need to be addressed, such as wills, probate, accessing superannuation and making a Transport Accident Commission (TAC) claim.

In Victoria, the TAC is the Victorian no-fault accident compensation scheme. When drivers register a vehicle, they take out insurance that covers you in a transport accident for medical and rehabilitation costs and, in some instances, income support.

We find that some people have a better experience and achieve the best possible outcome if they get appropriate legal support promptly.

Our legal partners

Four law firms support our organisation by providing general advice about legal issues that affect people impacted by road trauma and give $10,000 to our counselling, support and advocacy services.