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Road Traffic Accidents *

Road Traffic accidents in Ireland

In recent years Road Traffic Collisions have been significantly reduced.
However according to the latest reports released by the Road Safety Authority(RSA) there were over 6,000 collisions on Irish Roads leading to injury in 2012 and over 150 leading to fatalities. Thus road accident claims remain to be one of the most common causes of personal injury* and subsequently compensation claims for injury*.
Further analysis by the RSA revealed that human error and behavior are the root cause of 9 out of 10 road accidents.

Road Accident Types:

Although road collisions are often associated with car drivers road accidents can affect all road users.
As such we have put together a comprehensive list of road accident types

• Cycling Accidents *

If you have been injured due in a road traffic accident as a cyclist – this does not take away your right to compensation*. As a cyclist who has been knocked off your bike in a lite or high impact collision due to no fault of your own; you may be entitled to make a claim against the driver.
Road traffic accident* claims allow you as a cyclist to claim for damages to your bicycle, and or body as a result of the collision.

• Public Transport Accidents *

As a passenger on public transport (bus or tram) you are owed a duty of care. Public Transport passengers should be provided with a safe environment to commute. Should you suffer injuries due to a sudden stop, or collision with another vehicle you may be entitled to make a claim*. As a passenger of public transport your right to claim is not affected if the driver of the bus/ tram is found liable or the respondent.

Pedestrian Accidents *

If you as a pedestrian have been in a collision with a motor vehicle that was not your fault, you may be able to make a claim for damages*. If the incident which occurred was partially your fault and partially the drivers – you may still be able to seek compensation*. In accidents involving you as a pedestrian and a cyclist, it is still possible to make a claim – however this is a little more difficult as cyclists do not require insurance as road users and therefore may not be able to afford the compensation that would be awarded given your injuries.

Passenger Accidents *

In many collisions (car or motorcycle) the passenger is injured.  As a passenger you do not require insurance, however in the event of an accident you may still be entitled to make a claim*. Car passengers may be awarded for injuries, loss of earnings as a result of those injuries and medical expenses*. It is important to note that as a passenger of a car you are legally obliged to wear a seat belt; damages may be reduced by up to 25% in cases where the passenger has failed to do so. Claims* may also be reduced in cases where the passenger knew or ought to have known, that the driver was unfit to drive i.e. under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Lorry Accidents *

Large vehicle accidents can be quite catastrophic due to their sheer size and weight by nature. In the event of a collision with a lorry / articulated truck you may find yourself suffering serious injuries, and irreparable damages. In the event of such a collision it is recommended that you seek legal advice – if the accident occurred due to no fault of your own you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation*.

Hit and Run Accidents *

If you are injured in an accident whereby the other driver fails to stop or cannot be traced you may still be entitled to make a claim for compensation*. Claims for hit and run accidents must be made to the Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) of Ireland.
The guidelines under which you are eligible to make a claim however are strict – as such it is important that your report all such incidents to the Gardaí and your solicitor as soon as possible.

Making a Road Traffic Accident* Claim:

If you have been involved in a road traffic accident leading to injury*, you should report the accident to the Gardaí at once and seek medical attention.
By law any claim for injury compensation* requires a Gardaí report of the incident and a medical report from your local GP.

To make a road traffic accident claim the incident must have occurred within 2 years of the of your claim date. In some cases the insurance company of the respondent may offer to pay for the damages or injuries you have suffered. Where there is a dispute regarding liability you may need to seek legal representation for your case*.

How we can help – Road traffic accident solicitors

Anderson Gallagher is leading personal injury solicitors * in Dublin 2 with over 30 years’ experience. At Anderson Gallagher we are committed to providing coherent legal advice and support to every client so that he/she receives the most suitable compensation.

Our teams of specialist road traffic accident solicitors work through your case promptly and sensitively to ensure that there is delay in the claim process. Our 3 decades of experience in handling road accident compensation claims has earned us a loyal client base that never hesitates in recommending us to prospective claimants.

During the initial consultation, our lawyers will have a discussion with you regarding the incident and your injuries. After a methodical analysis they will provide expert advice not only on the expected value of compensation, influencing factors, such as supporting evidence, severity of injuries, recovery time etc.

Even if you are puzzled at this moment, there is no harm in getting in touch with us for nm initial consultation and find out if you are eligible to make a compensation claim*.

* Irish solicitors may not calculate fees or other charges in contentious business as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement nor is it our practice to do so.