Major Road Traffic Accident Compensation

Major road traffic accidents are a common occurrence in Ireland and can be categorised as non-fatal and fatal. According to the Road Safety Authority, there were 123 collisions which resulted in 136 fatalities in 2021.

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Major Road Traffic Accident

When a major road traffic collision occurs, causing a serious or a fatal injury, there will be an investigation by the Gardai and possibly by the coroner. It may involve an inquest and even a criminal investigation.

‘Finding Your Way’ is a publication by the PARC (Promoting Awareness, Responsibility and Care) Road Safety Group, for families of victims following the death or serious injury of a loved one in a road traffic collision. It outlines the steps involved in the professional Garda Investigation, Inquest, Post Mortem, Civil and Criminal cases and provides links to further information.

Am I entitled to a claim?

If you have been involved in a major road traffic accident as a driver, passenger, or pedestrian, and If the cause of the road traffic accident was not your fault, you may be eligible to seek legal remedy and claim any personal injuries and psychological injuries sustained, such as post-traumatic stress disorder.

The claim will also consider the potential long-term negative effects that the accident can have on the victim’s quality of life and any additional expenses incurred as a result of the accident, such as fees for medical treatment and loss of earnings as a result of the accident. Speak with one of our experienced car accident claim solicitors, call (Free Phone) 1800 844 104 or complete our online enquiry form.


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Road traffic accident related law

Car accident law refers to legal rules that determine who is responsible for the personal and property damage resulting from a road traffic collision. This area of law consists of the principles of negligence.

Car accident victims must prove the same basic four elements in order to recover compensation. These elements are:

  • Duty – drivers have a legal obligation to obey the rules of the road and operate their vehicles in a reasonable manner.
  • Breach – the plaintiff will usually be required to offer evidence that a defendant breached their duty. Breach can be shown by direct evidence such as an eyewitness testimony, a traffic surveillance video or an admission of fault.
  • Causation – the plaintiff must prove causation (e.g. that the defendant’s breach of duty caused the injuries to occur). This can be provided by medical testimony demonstrating injuries are consistent with the nature of the crash and that they didn’t exist beforehand.
  • Harm – the plaintiff cannot bring a negligence lawsuit unless the defendant’s conduct is what produced the damage to the other person or vehicle.
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Duty of care for road maintenance

In certain instances, injuries sustained in a major road accident weren’t the fault of another road user, but instead the authority who have failed in their responsibility for maintaining the roads in a safe condition.

In most circumstances, this would be the responsibility of the local council, but utility companies and even private homeowners may be liable for creating a hazard on the roads. However, it is worth noting, that a council’s duty of care to maintain the roads in a safe condition, is not absolute.

For example if a hazard that caused your accident suddenly appeared, which the Council couldn’t have ‘reasonably’ been expected to repair in the length of time available to them, then you might not be able to make a car accident injury claim at all.

To speak with one of our experienced road traffic accident solicitors, call (Free Phone) 1800 844 104 or complete our online enquiry form.

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What to do to strengthen a possible minor or major road traffic accident compensation claim

  • take photographs of any visible injuries
  • take photographs of your vehicle/accident scene if possible
  • if you didn’t require medical attention at the scene of the accident, make sure you visit the doctor afterward, as injuries may present themselves at a later stage.
  • write down all details of the accident as soon as possible, even small details which may seem minor at the time may assist your future case.

To speak with our experienced road traffic accident team, call (Free Phone) 1800 844 104 or complete our online enquiry form.

    Choosing a solicitor

    If you have been involved in an accident or suffered an injury at the hands of another person, we would advise all persons to contact our injury claim solicitors at the earliest available opportunity.

    If you want to take legal action over a personal injury, you should consult our injury solicitors, who are members of the Law Society’s injury accreditation scheme and clinical negligence accreditation scheme. Contacted us at:

    Coleman Legal LLP
    84 Talbot Street, Dublin 1
    D01 YX60
    DX 112002

    Contact Details:
    Free Phone: (1800)844104
    Fax: (01) 5312727
    Email: [email protected]
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