What Information Do I need When Claiming for a Car Accident * ?
Car accidents are common, and in most cases, they don’t result in any serious injuries. Did you know that every driver is likely to get involved in a car accident at least once in their lifetime? Well, these are the statistics here in Ireland. But what happens after an accident? What should you do? In this guide, we’ve got you covered on some of the information you need when making a car accident claim. Read on! First, let’s understand the steps to follow if you find yourself involved in a car crash.
What Do I Do After a Car Accident in Ireland?
After an accident, it’s always important to seek medical intervention if you’ve sustained some injuries. Also, check on your passengers, if any, to make sure none is hurt. If no one is hurt, you want to make sure you gather all the necessary information on the accident scene. The process involves taking photos of the cars involved and marking the location.
With a proper analysis of the accident, you need to involve the Gardaí. In Ireland, the law allows motorists involved in road traffic accidents to sort the matter on their own if it’s not serious. However, if it’s a serious accident where you even need to call an ambulance, a Gardaí must attend the scene. Either way, no matter how minor the accident is and you can sort on your own, it’s important to report the accident to the nearest Garda station.
By doing so, you avoid having issues where the other driver decides not to pay for the damage caused if they caused the accident. Notably, you also need to inform your car insurance company as soon as possible. Regardless of whether the accident was minor and the other party compensated for the damage caused, your car insurance company needs to have a record. Lastly, it would help if you involved a car accident expert solicitor. This step is only necessary if you decide to move forward with a claim if you or your passengers sustained some injuries.
A vehicle accident claims solicitor is important because they can help you prepare your injuries claim form. For a car accident injury claim to go through, the Injuries Board assesses it. Now, that’s where a solicitor comes in, helping you draft the form correctly to avoid delays with compensation and any pitfalls. Now that we know the steps to follow, let’s look at the information you need to collect from the scene if you find yourself in a road traffic accident.
What information do I need when claiming for a car accident?
We always advise our clients not to leave the scene of the accident without collecting all the necessary information. Unless the accident is minor and you can drive to prevent traffic, remain at the scene until the Gardaí arrive. Here is the information you need to make a claim for a car accident.
If you aren’t injured, take as many photos as you can of the scene from different angles. The photos will help the Gardaí and the solicitor when helping you with the claims process for injuries sustained.
Get the details of the other driver
You also want to make sure you exchange personal details with the other parties involved in an accident for easier communication and follow up on claims. These details include name and address, vehicle registration number, insurance details, and mobile phone number.
Information about the Gardaí
If a police officer is involved, it’s important to get their contact details so that you communicate with them. If a Gardaí doesn’t show up, get the contact details of the emergency respondents or witnesses at the scene. The information of the Gardaí, or any other respondent is necessary so that they can file a report that you can attach to the insurer.
Note the weather
You also want to make sure you record the weather conditions at the time of the accident. Other than the weather, also record the time and date of the incident.
Record your dashboard camera footage
If you have a dashcam, it’s a great idea to save the recording as it can help you showcase enough evidence to support your claims.
Conclusion – No Win No Fee Explained
If you find yourself involved in a vehicle accident, you don’t have to panic. You can receive compensation for the damages caused if you follow up with your insurance company. However, to make a personal injury claim, you need to have the necessary information and the help of a car accident claim solicitor.
Gary Matthews Solicitors
Medical negligence solicitors, Dublin