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Compensation for Hit & Run Road Accidents in Ireland – Claiming against MIBI

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Been involved in a road traffic accident and don’t have details of the other driver and / or they have no insurance?

The first thing you should do, if you have been involved in a road traffic accident, ‘ideally’ is get the details of the other driver involved. However, this is not always possible. If you have been unable to obtain these details or the offending vehicle was not insured, then you need to report the accident to the Gardai. The Gardai will investigate the accident and will try to track down the offending driver.

After reporting the accident to the Gardai, you should advise the Motor Insurers Bureau of Ireland (MIBI) of the accident. This can be done online, by way of email or by post.

The MIBI can help compensate victims of road traffic accidents

The MIBI (Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland) was established in 1955 in order to protect the interests of the victims of uninsured or unidentified drivers. The principal role of the MIBI is to compensate victims of road traffic accidents involving uninsured or unidentified drivers. In order to bring a claim against the MIBI you must:

  • Report the accident to the Gardai, within 2 days or as soon as practicable.
  • Make all reasonable efforts to obtain the details of the driver responsible.

If the accident happened in another EU Member State, and you are unable to identify the appropriate insurer or have been unable to identify the offending vehicle or the insurer is not complying with their statutory obligations, an application can still be made to the MIBI.

If required, our team at Synnott Lawline will provide you with a precedent MIBI claim form with information on how it should be completed. We strongly encourage you to seek legal advice before bringing a claim for compensation against the MIBI.

MIBI – Frequently Asked Questions
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