Road Traffic Accident Claims* in Ireland
Road traffic accidents are very common in Ireland, but knowing this doesn’t lessen the effects the accident can have on your physical and mental health. Being involved in a road traffic accident that was due to no fault of your own may make you eligible for compensation if you were injured*. You may also be eligible for compensation* due to the expenses from being in the accident. These expenses include loss of income, repairs to your vehicle, and medical expenses for your injuries*.
If you were injured in a road traffic accident and have whiplash, a back injury, a brain injury, or any other bodily injury*, whether you were the driver or a passenger, you should seek assistance in recovering compensation* for damages. The team at Moloney and Co. Solicitors experienced in handling road traffic accident claims for victims and are local with office locations in Naas and Dublin.
Common Types of Road Traffic Accidents
- Car crashes and collisions
- Pedestrian accident
- Motorcycle accident
- Hit and run accident
- Uninsured driver accident
- Drunk driving accident
At Moloney & Co Solicitors our experience road traffic accident lawyers can answer all of these questions quickly and in straightforward language.
Top Causes of Road Traffic Accidents in Ireland
Road traffic accidents happen each day in Ireland, but it is important to know the main causes and how you can prevent them from occurring.
Speeding: Driving above the speed limit is the biggest contributing factor to car accidents and deaths on the roadway in Ireland. The faster you are driving, the slower you will be able to react if a car merges into your lane or if they suddenly stop in front of you.
Weather Conditions: Unfavorable weather conditions often make it difficult for drivers to see clearly and can affect how fast your car can stop if the roads are wet. It is important to remember that you should always drive cautiously during severe weather.
Drunk Driving: Driving after consuming alcohol is never a good idea. Alcohol lowers response time and makes it more difficult for you to control your movements. These factors alone will make it exponentially more likely that you will cause a car crash. Drunk driving during the holidays is even more rampant than the rest of the year.
Distracted Driving: It is impossible to operate a vehicle safely without having your full attention on the road. Drivers who are texting, talking on the phone, eating, or doing any other activity are putting themselves and others on the road at risk of a car collision.
Road Traffic Accident FAQs
How long does a road traffic accident claim take?
After a road traffic accident, you have two years to file your claim. The time it takes to process depends on the severity of your injuries*, whether the other party has insurance, and if they decide to accept liability for the accident. If the time comes to file your claim, get assistance from trusted solicitors near you.
What to do first after a road traffic accident?
After a serious road traffic accident, call the Garda and do not move your car. If it is a minor accident, you may take a photo and mark where each vehicle is before relocating them. In both scenarios, you must put on your hazard lights to warn other cars driving in your vicinity. Next, you will want to trade all relevant information with the other party, including your name, address, car registration, and car insurance details.
How to report a traffic accident?
If someone is injured*, call the Garda immediately and wait for them to arrive at the scene. Otherwise, either party can call the Garda and file it on the scene or file it at the nearest Garda station.
What is the main cause of traffic accidents in Ireland?
Making up 40% of the fatal crashes, speeding is the leading cause of car traffic accidents in Ireland. You can prevent them by safely following the speed limit and other traffic laws. If you are a traffic accident victim, contact our personal injury office in Naas or our office in Dublin to discuss your legal options.
Contact a Road Traffic Accident Solicitor Today
At Moloney & Co. Solicitors we have years of experience handling road traffic accident claims. Each case can be complex and different so it’s important that you seek advice from experts before you pursue a claim. Contact our firm today in Dublin and Naas to speak with our team of expert personal injury solicitors regarding your road traffic accident claim.
*In contentious business a Solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.