Road Trauma Support Services Victoria (RTSSV) is pleased to announce a new partnership with Polaris Lawyers. Polaris Lawyers was started with a simple vision – putting their clients first as they guide them. RTSSV CEO, Bernadette Nugent, said she was delighted to welcome Polaris Lawyers 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.

“Road trauma impacts thousands of Victorians every year. It can happen to anyone, and it is often life-changing, and the road toll reaches far beyond the number of deaths and injuries counted each year.”

“After road trauma, it is incredibly important for people to connect with organisations who have their best interests at heart and who work with them in a way that is supportive and causes no further harm. Partnering with Polaris and other law firms assists RTSSV financially and, most importantly, gives our clients the opportunity, if needed, to source appropriate legal assistance and support.”

Principal at Polaris, Megan Caines, said the firm was supportive of the important work RTSSV does. Ms Caines said Polaris has acted for countless injured Victorians across all ages, occupations and backgrounds. They have learnt that the impact of an injury is different for each client. They take the time to really understand the physical, emotional and financial impact the injury has had on their clients.

“It is very important to us to support RTSSV. Throughout my career, I have worked with survivors of road trauma. I have seen firsthand the positive impact RTSSV can have on an individual’s recovery.” Ms Caines said.

“At Polaris, we aim to guide road trauma survivors through the compensation scheme in a manner that maximises compensation and minimises distress, uncertainty or the risk of re-traumatisation. It is a perfect fit for Polaris to partner with RTSSV who support victims of road trauma and attempt to reduce the psychological harm suffered.”

Why we partner with law firms

People bereaved or seriously injured in a transport incident may need to consider legal matters such as wills, probate, and claims for damages. 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.

It can feel overwhelming, and many people want to get legal advice to help navigate these complex issues.

Our legal partners

RTSSV has partnered with four legal firms that give $15,000 each year to our counselling, support, and advocacy services.