There are two interesting pieces of news that revolve around car accidents and the resulting personal Injuries in Ireland.
Firstly an investigation has uncovered strong evidence which indicates Ireland has become an import destination for car write-offs.
Secondly, a charity seeking to raise awareness of spinal injuries as a result mainly of car accidents in Ireland.
It seems that the written-off -cars were mainly imported from the United Kingdom but also from countries as far away as Australia. These cars are known as ‘Category B’ write-offs; these cars were designated elsewhere as totally unroad worthy and unfit for repair. However the lack of legislation in Ireland allows cars to be repaired and put back on the road.
A charity has launched a nationwide campaign to increase public support for those affected with spinal injuries. It is estimated 1,800 people in Ireland live with spinal cord injuries, which as we all know is recognised as one of the most life changing injuries anyone can sustain.
Despite strict Irish consumer legislation, which requires car dealers to disclose a car’s full history, some of these ‘Category B’ cars are being sold to unsuspecting motorists by dealers who do not disclose all the pertinent information as they should. This often can leave motorists with not only a potentially unsafe car but also possible complications with insurance companies in the future.
If a motorist driving a ‘Category B’ write-off has an accident and the insurer discovers the car’s history, the driver may find that the payout for the car will be substantially reduced, even if they did not know the car’s history. That is something that can cause you problems when you least expect it.
A spinal cord injury is identified by the World Health Organisation as one of the most devastating, life-changing injuries that a person can sustain from a car accident. They also say that it not only impacts the person who has sustained the injury, but also all the family, friends, the local community.