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.

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.

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