Information for Families

When someone dies in a motor vehicle accident

Information for families

We are all individuals and respond in our own way to the death of a loved one.

There are no right or wrong feelings, no timetable for grief and no right or wrong way to cope.

It is important to take care of yourself, and allow others to support you.

The Motor Accidents Authority of NSW (MAA) has produced information sheets about a number of matters you may have to deal with.

Families in similar situations have said having some practical information would have helped them with unfamiliar procedures and making decisions at this very difficult time.

The MAA information sheets can be downloaded from the attached links

or you can request copies to be posted to you by

You may need more information than these sheets can provide. Support and information is available from a number of other sources. You may already be in contact with a social worker other health professionals or support group. They can provide individual support and guidance if required.

The Commonwealth Government has listed some useful community and government organisations and support groups. There are many others that are not listed here but it may be a starting point for further information.

The MAA would like to acknowledge the valuable input given in the development of the information sheets from

Julie Anne Anderson Schofield Consultancy
Leanne Boyd Motor Accidents Authority
Lyndall Hayes The Australian Funeral Directors Association /Olsens Funerals
Peter Jenkins Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit - NSW Police
Jill Kennedy Prince of Wales Hospital
Michelle Munday The Children's Hospital at Westmead
Pep Reid Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit - NSW Police
Lorraine Remers Department of Forensic Medicine
Jennifer Schofield Schofield Consultancy
Chris Seidel Motor Accidents Authority
Martine Simons The Children's Hospital at Westmead
Judith Tuggle The Compassionate Friends Inc, NSW
Josephine Wilson The Australian Funeral Directors Association /Olsens Funerals