Given the range of physical and emotional damage they are capable of inflicting, car accidents can be hugely traumatic, life-altering events.

Year on year in Ireland, car accident injury claims are the most common type of personal injury claims brought before the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB). 

We all know how devastating a car accident can be – the Road Safety Authority’s most recent annual report showed that 155 people died on Irish roads in 2022 as a result of fatal road collisions. 

If you find yourself involved in a car accident that is not your fault, it can be difficult to know what steps to take on your road to recovery – both in terms of your physical health, your everyday life and your financial security.

At Hughes & Associates personal injury solicitors we offer vast experience and in-depth knowledge of every type of road traffic accident claim

Contact our Dublin offices today for an assessment of your case and advice on your options moving forward.

What is a Car Accident Injury Claim?

A car accident injury claim is a legal case made by the victim of a car accident that was not their fault, brought against the party responsible for their accident in the hope of securing compensation for their injuries. 

According to the PIAB, there were 21,410 personal injury claims brought before the Injuries Board in 2021. 

Some 70% of these were related to motor-based accidents and road traffic collisions, meaning roughly 15,000 road traffic accident claims were made in Ireland in 2021. 

This figure is likely to be even higher post-pandemic as road traffic returns to a normal level, and the PIAB will have to process a huge amount of car accident injury claims every day. 

For this reason, you may want to consider availing of a personal injury solicitor to help construct a solid, well-formatted claim that stands a good chance of securing compensation. 

Who is Responsible for a Car Accident Injury Claim?

Responsibility for a car accident claim lies with the party that is proven to have been at fault for the collision, accident or injury that occurred.

This can be a driver who accepts responsibility and freely offers their contact information or it can be an unknown driver who flees the scene after the accident occurs. 

Claims can also be brought against the council if, for example, the accident was the result of the road itself being unsafe and unfit for purpose. 

If your car accident claim is brought against an unknown or insured driver, you can apply to the Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland (MIBI), which is the body that deals with compensation for victims of car accidents involving unidentified and uninsured drivers. 

For the MIBI to consider your case, you will have to prove that you have made every effort to contact the party responsible for your accident. 

Certain factors that can influence car accidents and usually make it easier to attach blame to the guilty party include: 

  • A driver did not correctly adhere to the traffic lights.
  • A driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the car accident.
  • A driver failed to apply the rules of the road correctly.
  • A driver was suffering with driver fatigue, and should not have been on the road at the time of the accident.

Contact Hughes & Associates for help with your personal injury claim today.

Types of Car Accidents That Can Lead to Injury

Certain car accidents occur more commonly than others. Some of the road traffic collisions that can often lead to car accident injury claims include: 

Rear End Collision Claims:

A rear end collision occurs when one vehicle collides with the back of the vehicle in front of them. 

They can happen when cars are in motion or, more commonly, when cars come to a halt at traffic lights or a junction. 

Multiple rear end collisions can occur when a queue of cars are pushed into each other domino style as a result of one driver’s actions. Injuries can be severe, particularly if there is more force in the collision.  

Passenger Injury Claim:

Passengers can be even more vulnerable in car accidents than drivers because of their initial, instinctive reaction to a crash. A driver is more likely to be aware of what is happening given their full attention is on the road, but a passenger may react slower and suffer a more significant injury as a result. 

Roundabout Accident Claims:

Roundabouts can be notoriously tricky to navigate, especially for new or learner drivers. It can be difficult to attach blame in roundabout accidents but if it is shown that one driver did not obey the rules of the road and directly influenced a collision, there may be a basis for a road accident claim. 

Minor Impact Road Traffic Accident Claims:

Minor collisions and car accidents may seem insignificant at the time, but sometimes injuries like muscle strains can manifest themselves over time. 

The external damage to a vehicle may not be an accurate indicator of the internal damage its driver and passengers may have suffered. 

Common Injuries That Can Arise from Car Accidents

There is a broad scope for injury in car accidents but some car accident injuries occur more frequently than others, including: 

  • Whiplash injury claims.
  • Traumatic brain injury claims.
  • Back and shoulder injury claims.
  • Arm injury claims.
  • Spinal injury claims.
  • Burn injury claims.
  • Fractured and broken bone injury claims.
  • Cuts and lacerations injury claims.
  • Internal injury claims.
  • Soft tissue injury claims.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder claims.

This is not an exhaustive list and if you feel you have suffered another injury as the result of a car accident that was not your fault, get in touch with a personal injury solicitor at Hughes & Associates for advice on your case. 

At Hughes & Associates personal injury solicitors we offer vast experience and in-depth knowledge of every type of road traffic accident claim. Contact our Dublin offices today for an assessment of your case and advice on your options moving forward.

What Should You Do in the Event of a Car Accident

Car accidents can be hugely stressful and your priority in an emergency should always be your health and the safety of those involved in the collision.

If you do suffer a road traffic accident, you may be best served following these steps:

  • 1

    Ensure your safety and, if necessary, seek immediate medical attention: Even minor injuries that feel okay at the time of a car accident should be taken seriously. Contact an ambulance if necessary. Your health is of paramount importance, and you should not hesitate to seek the advice of a medical professional.

  • 2

    Gather relevant information at the scene and document the car accident: The first step after ensuring your safety should be to exchange contact details with the other party involved in your car accident. Try to document the incident as best you can and seek contact details of any witnesses to the event. Take pictures of the collision and find out if any footage of the collision may have been captured by nearby CCTV. Record the time and date, and your version of events as best you can.

  • 3

    Contact the Gardaí: Car accidents must be reported to the Gardaí, even if they are considered minor incidents. Guards will record the event and may ask to speak to witnesses and those involved.

  • 4

    Alert Your Insurance Company and Contact an Experienced Car Accident Solicitor: Let your insurance company know about the event, and then get in touch with a personal injury solicitor that can help you through the relevant legal process. At Hughes & Associates, our Dublin team have specialist knowledge of road traffic collision claims, and we are happy to walk you through the process of seeking compensation.

This is not an exhaustive list and if you feel you have suffered another injury as the result of a car accident that was not your fault, get in touch with a personal injury solicitor at Hughes & Associates for advice on your case. 

Road Traffic Injury Claim Compensation

Compensation for car accident claims varies on a case-to-case basis, but there are different kinds of damages that you may be entitled to, depending on the specifics of your accident. 

General damages cover the pain and suffering you may have experienced as a result of the accident, be it physical or psychological. 

Special damages cover the expenses you incur as a result of any injuries you sustain, be it a loss of wages from an involuntary leave of absence at your place of work, or medical bills you are forced to pay to recover. 

Material damages cover any impact to your vehicle or any other personal property that was damaged in the car accident. 

How to File a Car Accident Claim for Compensation

If you choose to move forward with a personal injury solicitor, these are the steps involved in making a car accident claim:

  • 1

    Offer evidence and information to your solicitor: Your case will naturally benefit from evidence that supports your claim, so supplying a personal injury solicitor with as much detail as possible is a crucial first step. This includes reports and contact details taken on the day of the accident, and any pictures you took at the scene.

  • 2

    Solicitor obtains third-party reports: Your solicitor can then go about securing medical reports and third-party reports that lend further credence to your argument.

  • 3

    Solicitor prepares application for the PIAB: Your solicitor will structure your claim application as comprehensively as they can in order to give you the best chance of securing compensation. The application will then be submitted, and you will await information on the verdict.

Were You Injured in a Car Accident That Was Not Your Fault?

If you feel you were the victim of a road traffic accident that was not your fault, feel free to contact Hughes & Associates today for advice on your situation. 

Our personal injury solicitors in Dublin have vast experience in preparing car accident claims. 

Contact the Hughes & Associates Team