Road Traffic Accidents

Claims for injuries sustained in a car crash are the most common type of injury claims in Ireland.

A car crash claim can be made in a variety of circumstances, for example if you were a;

  • Driver
  • Passenger
  • Pedestrian
  • Cyclist

You are entitled to seek a claim for your injuries.

If you have sustained injuries in a car crash where the driver

  • Was not insured
  • Fled the scene
  • Or cannot be found

You are entitled to make a claim for your injuries through The Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland (MIBI).

Following a car crash one should

  • Collect the other driver’s information, such as name, address, vehicle registration number, and insurance information, which can be found on the disc on a vehicle’s windshield.
  • Offer your information to the other driver.
  • Telephone the Gardaí immediately. If they will not attend the scene of the accident, or if the other driver has fled then report to the nearest Garda Station and request that they take the details of the accident.
  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible if you think you have been injured even if your injury is not serious.
If you were a driver involved in an accident that was not or wholly your fault, you may be entitled to put a claim of compensation forward for;

  • Damage
  • Injuries
  • Loss of income

If the accident was caused by the road being in a dangerous condition and not by a user of the roads you may be eligible to make a claim. The Highways Authorities / County Council have a duty to maintain the roads and if they have failed in their duty and you sustained an injury or loss as a result, you may be entitled to compensation.
If you were injured as a result of the accident then in order to pursue a claim, you must first submit an application to the Injuries Board for an assessment of your injuries.
We highly recommend you seek the guidance of a solicitor to help you fill out the Injuries Board form. If you have any quires on the process of starting a claim, then Contact Houlihan Solicitors on 061 502 090 or email www.houlihansolicitors.ie for a qualified solicitor’s legal advice.

There are several other scenarios in which it may be possible to claim compensation for being a passenger in a car accident. These include;

  • A passenger in a vehicle which is in collision with a negligent road user
  • A passenger in a car where the driver of the car is to blame for causing an accident – irrespective of whether another vehicle is involved
  • A passenger in a car, who is injured due the car being involved in an accident attributable to the unsafe condition of the road
  • A passenger in a taxi, who could sustain an injury due to the negligent actions of the taxi driver or another road user

Claims for car accidents involving passengers are handled in the same way as those which involve drivers. Applications to assess injuries to passengers in car accidents should still be made to the Injuries Board Ireland. If you have recently been a passenger involved in an accident and feel that you have a potential personal injury claim, then Contact Houlihan Solicitors on 061 502 090 or email www.houlihansolicitors.ie to discuss the best option for your claim.

All vehicle drivers owe a duty of care to pedestrians and other road users to drive in a safe and reasonable manner at all times. Pedestrian accident claims for compensation can arise for a variety of reasons, they most commonly occur if;

  • a motorist violates a traffic signal or
  • a motorist fails to pay due care and attention whilst driving.

The first thing that is to be remembered when pursuing any personal injury claim is that it is in fact just that: a personal injury claim*. You must have sustained some form of injury either physical or psychological as a result of being knocked down or struck by a vehicle. Even where the driver has indeed acted negligently, even criminally so, one should note that with regard to the civil law, a potential plaintiff can only claim compensation for a personal injury loss or damage that he or she has in fact sustained. If you’ve been involved in an accident as a pedestrian, you may have a claim against the negligent party.  Houlihan Solicitors can provide practical legal advice in resolving your claim against the party at fault so contact us on 061 502 090 or email www.houlihansolicitors.ie to speak with a member of our team .

Bicycle accident victims often do not realise that they are as entitled to the same as other class of victim be it a lorry driver or pedestrian compensation for injury which includes

  • medical expenses and
  • out-of-pocket expenses.

The value of bicycle injury claims is determined by many factors including

  • the severity of your injuries,
  • how long they may take to heal
  • and what impact the accident has on other areas of your life.

Cyclist injury claims for compensation have to be submitted to the Injuries Board, as they are the same as any other type of road traffic accident. If you have recently been involved in a bicycle accident in which you have sustained an injury and feel that you have a potential personal injury claim* then contact Houlihan Solicitors on 061 502 090 or email www.houlihansolicitors.ie

The majority of whiplash claims that occur are in Ireland each year are a result of Car accidents. What is Whiplash specifically? Whiplash refers to the rapid snapping back of a person’s head during a road traffic accident collision, which hyper extends the neck and damages nerves and ligaments, often resulting in chronic symptoms such as;

  • persistent pain
  • and lack of mobility.

Whiplash injuries involves pain in the,

  • neck,
  • shoulders,
  • head
  • or the base of the skull

All of which were brought on by a road traffic accident, an individual can suffer from whiplash even if the impact of the crash was as low as 10 kph. Most patients with whiplash recover in a few weeks or at most, a few months, but it is possible to develop continuous chronic pain.
In addition to physical pain, there are many symptoms associated with the whiplash syndrome that can also occur, this includes;

  • sleep problems,
  • poor concentration and memory,
  • blurred vision,
  • ringing in the ears,
  • fatigue and weakness.

It is not unusual to experience whiplash pain some days and even weeks after the accident. If you are considering making a whiplash claim after you were involved in a road traffic accident, it is so important that you be well-prepared and Houlihan Solicitors will help you there. We advise you to keep a detailed record of the accident, your symptoms, and your medical treatment and expenses in order to be well prepared.
Should you choose to bring forth a whiplash claim, Houlihan Solicitors well trained and fully experienced Personal Injury team will get you what you deserve. If you are unsure of your legal rights, or whether you have a whiplash claim, contact Houlihan Solicitors on 061 502 090 or email www.houlihansolicitors.ie for expert legal advice in regards to your claim.

*In contentious business, solicitors may not calculate fees as a percentage of any award or settlement.

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My experience with Houlihan Solicitors was superb.  I found them to be extremely helpful, very efficient and they got the job done better than I could have expected. My award was almost 4 times more than what the injuries board offered me, I couldn’t see myself achieving a better result.
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