If you were involved in an accident within the last two years and suffered an injury you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
By law all drivers must have at a minimum third party insurance cover. Therefore if a driver causes an accident, his/her insurers will cover the accident and any injury to a third party i.e. pedestrians, cyclists, other drivers, passengers. If the other driver in an accident is uninsured, or leaves the scene of an accident, your claim can still be taken and is likely to be covered by the Motor Insurers Bureau of Ireland which was established to specifically cover such road traffic accidents.
What to do after a road traffic accident:
- report the accident to the Gardai
- take details from the other driver including name, insurance, and car registration number
- take details from any witnesses
- don’t admit liability.
Often it is a condition of an insurance policy not to admit liability following an accident and it is therefore not wise to admit liability in case your policy is invalidated.
There is a 2 year time limit to making a personal injury compensation claim from the date of the accident, so it’s advisable to seek expert legal advice as soon as you think you may have a valid claim for compensation. It’s often easier to investigate your accident claim if you begin proceedings quickly.
If you would like us to help you, or if you would simply like to have a chat to discuss your options about any of the above, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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