The primary causes of road traffic accidents* leading to deaths and injuries are:
- Speed inappropriate for, or inconsistent with, the prevailing circumstances or driving conditions.
- Impaired driving through alcohol, drugs (prescription or non-prescription), or fatigue
- Failure to use or properly use seatbelts and child safety restraints
- Unsafe behaviour towards / by vulnerable road users (pedestrians, motorcyclists, cyclists, young children and older people).
As such the Injuries Board in Ireland sees thousands of Road Traffic Accident* claims each year.
Types of Road Accidents*
Although road collisions are often associated with car drivers, road traffic accidents* can affect all road users. If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in a Road Traffic Accident* Anderson & Gallagher Solicitors are available to provide you with clear and independent advice.
Cycling Accidents *
If you have been injured 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 whether in a light 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, dart or luas) 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 personal injuries claim*. As a passenger of public transport your right to claim is not affected if the driver of the bus/dart/luas 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*.
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*. Passengers may be awarded for injuries and 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. 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*.
Accidents involving a driver who fails to stop *
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 such accidents must be made to the Motor Insurers Bureau of Ireland (MIBI).
The guidelines under which you are eligible to make such a claim however are strict – as such it is important that you 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 personal injury compensation* requires a Garda report of the incident and a medical report from your treating physician.
To make a road traffic accident claim* the incident must have occurred within two 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
Anderson Gallagher is a leading personal injury solicitors * firm 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 no delay in the claim process. Our three decades of experience in handling road accident compensation* claims has earned us a reputation for excellence in dealing with such matters.
During the initial consultation, our solicitors 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* but also in relation to other influencing factors, such as supporting evidence, severity of injuries, recovery time etc.
* 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.