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Car & Road Accidents

If you have been involved in a traffic accident as a driver, passenger or pedestrian; on the path or road; on a bicycle or motorbike and you suffered an injury within the past two years, then you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

All drivers in Ireland are legally obliged to carry third party insurance. This means that if a driver causes an accident or injury to another person their insurers will pay compensation for any injuries incurred. Sometimes you may be involved in an accident with a driver who is uninsured or a driver who doesn’t stop and you cannot locate them then you may be able to claim compensation from the Motor Insurance Bureau of Ireland which was set up to cover such accidents.

Some injuries will not be obvious immediately. However it is important to phone the Gardai and inform them of the accident whether or not you have suffered an injury. It is important to remember that if you have an accident you only have two years from the date of the accident to file your claim. Therefore it is important to consult us as soon as possible after the accident.

It is important to obtain as much information as possible after an accident.
AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT:

  • Exchange information with the other driver.
    • Name, address, phone number, email address and the car registration number.
    • Most importantly obtain the insurance information. Name of Insurance Company. Policy number and name of policyholder. This can be found on the disk on the windscreen.
  • Contact the Gardai / Police immediately.
    •    The Gardai often do not attend at the scene of an accident unless serious injury has taken place.
    • -  If that is the case then, having exchanged details with the other party, go to the nearest Garda station and report the accident.
    •   If you have suffered an injury seek medical attention. Sometimes  injuries will not become apparent for a few days after the accident. Often people involved in an accident are shocked and don’t feel the effects of their injury until sometime later.
  • Do not admit responsibility for the accident at the scene of the accident.
    •   Statements or remarks are often made at the scene because the party involved in the accident is in a state of shock. However this can compromise your insurance policy and your insurer may refuse to provide cover if you have stated that you were at fault.
  • Once you have exchanged information if possible leave the scene.
    • If you are seriously injured at the scene of an accident and the Gardai are called they will take as much information from the other driver as possible. If you subsequently make a claim the Gardai will provide a written report which should include details of the other driver, car registration, insurance company and policy number and witnesses which will assist in making a claim.

If you wish to enquire about a car or other traffic accident please fill out our online personal injury form or  phone us for a personal consultation with one of our Solicitors on our free phone number 1800 343404.

Irish solicitors may not calculate fees or other charges in contentious business as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement nor is it our practice to do so.