Many people are involved in road traffic accidents every year in Ireland, and if you are one of these, you may be surprised to learn that you may bring a case for redress if you have had an accident that isn’t your fault. Being able to establish blame in a road traffic accident is very important for the legal processes that follow, and it can help to reduce stress in the future if you follow simple protocol to make this as easy as possible.
ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS: WHAT TO DO
If you are able to, you should do the following at the site of the accident:
- Exchange details. You should record the full name and contact details of the other driver or drivers involved, and all details of their vehicle, including make, model, colour and registration. A garda should attend the site of the accident, but you should contact them immediately if another driver refuses to exchange details with you as they may not be insured.
- Take photographs. Photographs are often very helpful in establishing blame in a road traffic accident, and you should try to include road markings and signs wherever possible. A sketch that notes the positions of each vehicle before, during and after the accident may also be very useful.
- Speak to witnesses. If there are witnesses at the scene, it may be a good idea to obtain their contact details in case they are needed in the future to support your claim. However, if the Gardai are in attendance, this may not be necessary. Do not forget that all passengers and drivers of the other cars involved may also be witnesses, and may support or deny your version of events.
- Speak to the Garda. A garda will usually attend all road traffic accidents in which someone has been injured, and you should record the names and badge numbers of any officers who you are in contact with. If the Gardai are not in attendance, you should report the accident to a Garda Station as soon as possible.
- Notice any cameras. If you have been involved in an accident near a building that has a CCTV camera attached, you may find that you, or the Gardai, can access footage of your accident that could help your case. This should be done as soon as possible to avoid erasure of useful material.
If you have been injured, you should seek medical advice as soon as possible and keep copies of your medical records. These, along with all of the above information, will be essential to your solicitor* if you decide to bring a case.
If you feel that you may be entitled to bring a case as a result of an injury sustained in a road traffic accident, it is important to consult with a solicitor experienced in this area of law.
At S.T. O’Sullivan & Co Solicitors, we have 35 years experience in dealing with claims of this type and are sensitive to the burden that such litigation places on the claimant. This is why we take the time to understand the impact such injuries have on our clients everyday life and wellbeing.
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