Making A Car Accident Claim: What You Need To Know

how to go about making a car accident claim

When it comes to making a car accident claim, whether it’s a pedestrian involved in the accident or another driver, often the ordeal is not your fault. Even so, you might think that there is a bias in favour of relying on insurance and that you should not bother approaching a solicitor to deal with your car accident claim. However, the law is a lot more fair than that and you shouldn’t feel obliged to go down a road that doesn’t have your welfare at heart.

If you can prove that your car accident was the fault of another person, then you are entitled to make a claim and you should explore all of your legal options.

Let’s take a look at when you are able to make a claim after a car accident and how you should go about doing it.

When To Make A Car Accident Claim

If Another Person Was At Fault

If the accident you were involved in was caused by another person and you have suffered an injury as a result, then you should make a car accident injury claim with a personal injury* solicitor who will be able to advice on your case.

Remember, the person who caused the road accident does not have to have been a motorist. Sometimes a cyclist might have been at fault, or even a pedestrian who ran across the road when the crossing lights were red.

You can sustain just as serious an injury in an accident with a pedestrian as you can when hitting a car, so don’t think that you should minimise the trauma just because it wasn’t a dramatic motor crash.

When You’re Forced To Avoid Danger And Sustain Injury As A Result

Sometimes your accident might not have involved a crash with another vehicle because you swerved to avoid them only to injure yourself.

It is important to keep in mind that even if you were the only person who crashed and the other person involved was still the cause of it then you may be eligible to make a car accident claim.

If you are wondering what to do in a car accident, record all the relevant details of the event and don’t accept any insurance payouts until you talk to a car accident solicitor.

When The Road Has Been Badly Maintained

If you hit a pothole or broken section of road and sustain an injury because of it, there is a chance you’ll be entitled to make a claim, but the issue can become quite complicated.

When you are looking for a car accident settlement in Ireland, the local Councils are only legally responsible if it can be proven they were aware of the road damage and had no plans to fix it.

This is obviously a difficult thing to prove and you will need to consult a car accident solicitor to help you do it.

It can still be worth pursuing though. At the very least you might receive a small payout for damages, and if you’re working with an experienced car accident solicitor, they’ll go above and beyond to make sure you get what you deserve.

This city is full of cars, so you know when you talk to a car accident solicitor in Dublin, they’ll understand your case and do their best to win it. Contact a member of our team when you want to talk about your car accident claim today.

Anthony Joyce

Anthony founded Anthony Joyce & Co. Solicitors in March 2004 in the oldest part of Dublin known as the Liberties (originally a tax free part of Dublin!!). He is focused on building the practice in certain niche areas of law such as financial litigation and personal insolvency. Entrepreneurship is in his blood and he is on the board of a number of start-ups. If Anthony is not available he could be watching a SpaceX rocket launch, spending time with his two children or playing 5-a-side.

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