PERSONAL INJURY

What should I do if I have been involved in a road traffic accident?

A road traffic accident, or collision, is a very frightening event which can have catastrophic consequences. Data compiled by the RSA (Road Safety Authority) revealed that a total of 155 people sadly lost their lives due to road traffic collisions in Ireland in 2022. https://www.rsa.ie/

If you have been involved in a road traffic accident, you should:

  • Ensure the safety and well-being of everybody who has been involved in the collision. The first priority is obviously to seek medical attention for anyone who has been injured.
  • Exchange details with the other driver(s)- take note of their names, addresses, registration numbers and insurance details. It is a criminal offence to leave the scene of an accident without exchanging details.
  • Always contact the Gardaí to report the accident.
  • It may be that the Gardaí cannot attend at the scene and the cars need to be moved from the location of the accident. If this is the case, take photographs of the aftermath of the accident, as it occurred. Take photographs of the damage to your car and the other car(s).
  • Take details of the names, addresses and telephone details of independent witnesses.
  • Take details of the investigating Garda if applicable.
  • Contact your own insurance company to report the accident.
  • Contact the other driver(s) insurance company to report the accident if you are not at fault
  • If liability is contested and you believe that the other driver is responsible for the collision, contact a solicitor urgently for legal advice.
  • If you have suffered injuries due to a road traffic accident which occurred due to fault on the part of another driver, you may be entitled to compensation.
  • Contact Brigid to discuss your options. Brigid O’Donnell is a native of Cashel, Tipperary. She established Brigid O’Donnell Solicitors in August 2023 with office facilities in Clonmel, Tipperary and Cork City. However, Brigid represents clients who have suffered injuries due to accidents, or medical negligence, nationwide. She is available to meet with you, by way of remote consultation, or in person, at a time and place convenient to you. She is contactable directly on 087 6075412.

Recent Articles

Get In Touch

If you have suffered injury as a result of a cosmetic procedure, or as a result of plastic surgery, contact us to arrange a consultation with Brigid. There are very strict time-limits that apply to all medical negligence cases.
Generally speaking, a claim must be initiated within two years of the date of injury. There are some exceptions but given that a-lot of preparatory work is necessary to investigate whether you have grounds for a claim, time is of the essence when it comes to claims of this nature. Read more about personal injury solicitor services.

Related Articles

GP Negligence

July 6, 2023|MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE|

Often, a GP will be the first point of contact for a patient presenting with a medical complaint or ailment. The GP's role is to appropriately identify signs of disease or injury and to make the necessary referrals for further investigations, where necessary, in a timely manner.

Cerebral Palsy

June 26, 2023|MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE|

Cerebral Palsy is an umbrella term used to describe damage to the developing brain, the majority of which occurs during pregnancy, labour, delivery and neonatal period.

Surgical Errors

June 15, 2023|MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE|

The standard of surgical care in Ireland is very high. Medical advances mean that surgeries which would previously have been deemed 'cutting edge' are now common practice and as a result, people are living longer, more active lives.

2023-11-09T11:38:39+00:00
Go to Top