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If you have been involved in a road traffic accident then there are certain steps that should be taken:

  • Stop safely at the accident scene ensuring that your vehicle is not a danger to you or others
  • If anyone is seriously injured contact the emergency services, including the Gardaí
  • Do not move your vehicle until the Gardaí arrive unless it is a minor accident
  • Exchange owner details (name and address), vehicle registration numbers and insurance details with the other driver(s)
  • If there are witnesses, take full details to include home address and telephone numbers
  • Take a photograph of the accident scene, the road conditions, any road signs, position of the vehicles, and damage
  • If at all possible, draw a sketch of the accident and the position of the vehicles
  • Note the street name or location, date and time
  • Note the weather and road conditions
  • Do not discuss the accident at the scene or admit liability for the accident
  • If the Gardaí interview you at the scene simply explain the accident circumstances and furnish your personal and insurance details
  • If the Gardai do not attend the scene you should report the accident to the Gardai in any event as soon as possible
  • Always notify your own insurer of the accident as soon as practicable
  • Contact a solicitor for advice as soon as practicable.

If you have been involved in a road traffic accident and wish to discuss a potential claim or would like advice on any matter, please Contact Us for a consultation.

*in contentious business a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award of damages.

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