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Road Accident Compensation Claims

Road traffic accidents are unfortunately one of the most common causes of personal injury claims. Injuries range from minor to catastrophic and sometimes fatal. If you have suffered an injury in a car accident then you may be entitled to make a Personal Injury Claim whether you suffered a simple bruising, whiplash or a more serious road traffic accident injury.

Synnott Lawlines’ personal injury team advises on all types of road traffic accident claims, helping not only injured drivers or passengers in car accident claims, but also cyclists, pedestrians and other road users. Every Road Traffic accident injury case is different so we tailor our advice to each client’s specific needs and objectives. We deal with all types of road accident claims for drivers and or passengers injured by car, van, lorry and bus, public transport, cyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians and road traffic accidents overseas.

We seek to achieve the best possible outcome, not only in terms of financial compensation, but also to address medical and other needs resulting from the accident. You are entitled to claim compensation for road traffic accident injuries if the accident was caused by the fault of another person or party. Depending on the accident and how it happened you may be able to purse compensation if you suffered an injury as a driver, passenger, a pedestrian or cyclist.

If you are the driver of a vehicle that has been involved in a road traffic accident the first thing that you should do is call the Gardai. An abstract report from the Gardai can prove to be invaluable where liability for the accident is at issue. It is also necessary to ensure that you note the contact details of all people involved in the accident, including any witnesses, and more importantly to obtain the insurance details of the other drivers involved. Once all details have been exchanged and the accident has been reported to the Gardai it is advisable to seek medical attention.

Following an accident you may be in shock and not realise the extent of the injuries you have sustained. Although in most cases involving road traffic accidents it is obvious who was at fault, there are cases where the issues are more complex. Road traffic accidents become more complicated where there are more than two parties involved, one party refuses to admit liability, the party at fault does not have a valid policy of insurance or the party at fault flees the scene of the accident.

Despite the introduction of compulsory insurance for all motor vehicles, the question still remained as to how injured parties could be compensated if the motorist at fault did not hold a valid policy of insurance. The injured party, although entitled to sue in the courts for the injuries sustained, may be wasting their time if the defendant motorist has little means or assets. If the court makes an award and the Defendant is not in a position to pay the award the injured party may never be compensated. This problem was resolved in 1955 with the introduction of the Motor Insurers Bureau of Ireland (MIBI). The MIBI was established to compensate victims of uninsured motorists.

A claim may be brought against the MIBI by any person, entitled in law, to bring a claim for personal injury or wrongful death  which arises out of the negligent use, by an uninsured person, of a mechanically propelled vehicle. A claim against the MIBI will be taken in the same way as a claim against a person holding a valid insurance policy.

If you are a passenger in a vehicle which is involved in a road traffic accident you will be entitled to claim for compensation, regardless of who was at fault. As a passenger you cannot be found at fault for the accident.
Under the Statute of Limitations an injured party has two years from the date of the accident within which to bring a claim for compensation. Road traffic accidents, like all personal injury claims, must first be processed through PIAB. At Synnott Lawline Solicitors we have a dedicated and professional team of solicitors who have been specialising in personal injury actions, arising out of road traffic accidents, for over 20 years. If you have been involved in a road traffic accident and require further information please give us a call and a member of our team will be more than happy to assist you.
  • Rear end collisions;
  • Head on collisions;
  • Pedestrians;
  • Motorbike accidents;
  • Cyclists;
  • Accidents involving public transport such as buses, trains or the Luas.
Whiplash is usually the result of a rear impact while in a stationary position, ie a car crash! The injury occurs when the tendons and ligaments of the neck are jerked unrestrained in a forward and backward movement. Fortunately, whiplash is not a life threatening injury, but it can lead to a prolonged period of partial disability and great discomfort. In some cases whiplash can become chronic, with more extreme symptoms including depression, anxiety and severe pain.

What to do if you were injured in a Road Traffic Accident

In order to be eligible to purse a compensation claim there are a few factors that must be considered first. You must be able to prove that you have suffered an injury due to the fault of another party because of their negligence. Often it’s obvious who is at fault but road collision claims can be also be complex if a few parties are involved or the other side won’t admit liability. We encourage defendants to deal with their claim at the earliest possible stage so If you’ve been injured in a road collision its best to gather as much evidence as possible to support your claim which includes:
Ensure you get the contact details of all people involved in the accident, names, phone numbers, vehicle registrations, and most importantly insurance details. If there were any witnesses present also take their contact details.
Take photographs of the scene of the accident, Snaps from your phone are sufficient. If you can’t take photos, try to draw a sketch while you are at the scene. Often victims are so in shock it can be difficult to describe what happened afterwards.
Retain any medical records, receipts for medical treatments, GP and Consultant visits and any medication prescribed due to the accident.
Part of your compensation will also be based upon the financial impact the accident has had one you, eg. If you’ve had to take unpaid leave due to the injury or any other expenses that you have incurred due to the accident, keep a record of all receipts.

PIAB First?

At Synnott Lawline Solicitors we specialise in PIAB applications. We provide expert advice throughout the entire process and ensure that each and every client receives our full care and attention. We ensure that the Board adheres to the time limits imposed on it and deal with all queries from the Board on your behalf.

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We are one of Irelands’ leading Personal Injury Claims Law Firms and have been providing expert legal advice on all types of injury claims for over 30 years. Our team is dedicated to providing the very best level of service in a friendly and efficient manner for all aspects of claims. See our page on personal injuries claims.

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Compensation Guide

This booklet has been produced by Synnott Lawline Solicitors to give our clients an understanding of the personal injury compensation claims process. In some of our correspondence during the course of your compensation claim, we will make reference to the relevant sections of this guide by way of explanation of the particular aspect of your claim.

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