Road Traffic Accidents and Car Crashes
Road traffic accidents are one of the most common causes of injury and death for thousands of people each year. While motor insurance is designed to provide compensation as a result of such accidents, it is important to know that even if you are injured by an uninsured driver you will still be eligible to make a case against the Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland (MIBI).
What Should I Do After a Road Accident?
A car accident can cause severe shock and it can be very stressful dealing with the immediate situation, but there are certain protocols to follow in order to ensure that you can make a case if you are injured. You should always report the accident to the local Gardai and wait for them to arrive at the scene of the accident and get all necessary details from the drivers of the cars involved. If you have the presence of mind to do so it will also be very helpful if you can take photographs of the damage to the cars or vehicles and the scene of the accident.
If You Are Involved in a Road Traffic Accident, You Should:
• Exchange insurance and contact details with the other drivers involved
• Make a report to the Gardai immediately by telephone. They may attend the accident if it is serious or if it is causing a hazard to other road users. You may need to go the nearest Garda station and formally report the accident if the Gardaì do not attend at the scene.
• Avoid making statements on liability for the accident, such as “it was my fault”.
• It is always important to seek medical attention as soon as possible after an accident. Remember that some injuries are not immediately apparent.
• Stay at the scene of the accident until you have exchanged details of your registration number and insurance cover or until the Gardai have told you that you may leave.
• Get legal advice.
How Can I Proceed With A Case Relating To A Road Accident?
The first step is to contact a solicitor who can advise you on the specific details of your accident and the process of making an injury case*. Your solicitor will review all relevant information with you relating to the events leading up to the accident, the location of the accident, as well as the records of medical treatment required by you and will give you detailed advice as to how you should proceed.
At S.T.O’Sullivan & Co. Solicitors we have the 35 years experience in managing personal injury cases and have brought hundreds of cases before The Injuries Board since its inception in 2003.
*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or a proportion of any award or settlement.