Car accidents and other road injuries are often referred to as road traffic accidents (RTAs). If you’re involved in a car accident or other RTA, your entire life could be affected. The World Health Organization states that there are more than 1.2 million deaths caused around the world each year because of road accidents. More than forty times that number are injured each year. If you are injured in a road accident, call Tiernan & Co. Solicitors right away on 01-6622822 to discuss whether you are eligible to receive financial compensation. Call on us right away. You only have a certain amount of time to file your claim.
Financial Compensation for Car Accidents
If you are injured in a car accident, you may be eligible to receive financial compensation for your injuries. Here’s what you need to know:
- Drivers in Ireland are legally required to carry insurance. If they cause an injury to another person, even if that person is a passenger, the insurance may be required to legally compensate the injured party;
- If the driver who injured you doesn’t have insurance, you may file a claim for compensation from the Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland (MIBI); and
- Contact Tiernan & Co. Solicitors right away as you only have a limited amount of time after your accident in which you can file a claim.
What Should You Do After a Car Accident?
To ensure that you get the best possible resolution to your car accident personal injury claim, follow these steps:
- Get the name, address, vehicle registration number, and insurance information from the other driver;
- Give your information to the other driver;
- Phone the Gardai right away. If they do not come to the scene, go to the nearest Garda Station and request that they take a report about the car accident; and
- If you are injured, get medical attention right away.
It is imperative that you get the insurance information from the other driver. This helps determine where you will file your claim for compensation. It is also important to get a report from the Garda because the other driver may be uninsured or may deny that the accident happened. Get copies of your records from medical professionals that treated the injuries you received from the car accident.
Now that we’ve discussed the things that you should do, here are some things that you should not do after a car accident:
- Do not admit liability. Do not say things like you didn’t see the sign or the light. Do not say that the accident was your fault. Sometimes, people say those things out of shock, but this can affect your chances of being compensated;
- Do not leave the scene until you’ve exchanged information with the other driver. The only exception to this is if the Gardai tells you that you can leave; and
- Do not assume that you are not eligible for compensation if the other driver is uninsured or because you haven’t been hurt.
In order to protect your right to compensation, it is important that you take the right protective steps. To determine if you are eligible to file a personal injury claim for a car accident or other road accident, call on 01-6622822 to speak with a personal injury solicitor from Tiernan & Co. Solicitors.
Road traffic accidents are a very stressful and traumatic experience for all those involved, whether you are a passenger, driver, cyclist or pedestrian. At least 80% of road traffic accidents are caused by human error. If you have been injured as a result of such an accident we will be able to help you to claim compensation for your injuries.
We have been helping the victims of road traffic accidents for over fifteen years and through experience it has become apparent that the injuries sustained are seldom apparent to their full extent, or at all, immediately following the accident. All too often we have dealt with people who after turning down medical attention following an accident awake the next morning crippled with pain. In some instances people attend fracture clinics and are told there is nothing wrong only to find in six weeks time that there is a fracture.
This is because often the fracture will not show up on the x rays for a few weeks. Even if your injury is not serious, or you feel that you have been injured at all it is important to seek medical attention straight away. Not only does this provide the opportunity for treatment of injuries that you may not otherwise have noticed immediately but it also provides medical evidence that can be invaluable in your claim for compensation for your injuries.
Were you, a family member or someone in your vehicle injured in a car accident? You can count on our car accident claims department to provide the guidance and support you need to initiate your recovery.
Hopefully a car accident will never happen to you but if it does contact us on 01-6622822 now.
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K.D. Dublin 07/07/2013
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S.M. Louth 20/01/2013
“When I was involved in a road traffic accident, I was unsure what to do. From the first time I contacted Tiernan & Co Solicitors until my case was finalised all members of staff kept me updated. They kept things simple, so it was easy for me to understand all aspects of my claim.”
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