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A head-on collision occurs when the front of one vehicle crashes into either the front of another vehicle or a stationary object. Head on crashes not only cause injury to people but can also cause property damage and have an impact on those in the area.Tell Us About Your Case
Road accident claims are made through the Injuries Board, for those who have suffered a head-on collision and are pursuing a claim, submitting the claim to the Injuries Board will be an important first step.
In some cases, it can be difficult to prove liability in an accident especially when you were involved in the accident as you may not remember the event leading up to it. In cases where a driver hit a stationary object then it may be easy to prove who was at fault but when two vehicles collide with each other may be difficult to prove who was actually liable for the accident. If the other driver was at fault you must be able to prove that they did not follow the rules of the road which led to the cause of the accident. There are certain things that should be taken into consideration when you are trying to prove who was at fault.
These questions can help you to begin the process of proving liability when you go about making your claim. It may also be helpful to obtain information from the Gardaí who took statements after the collision to see if anything was said to them by other people who were involved.
Driver fatigue is a common cause of car accidents, particularly for those driving longer distances or those driving at night. Fatigue can lead to poor reaction times and reflexes while driving and in extreme cases lead to a driver falling asleep at the wheel and causing an accident.
Since 2014 it is illegal to use your mobile phone while driving this includes reading or sending a text message – the only expectation being that a person can use their phone while driving if they are calling 999 or 112 in an emergency situation.
Further to this, it is also illegal to hold or support a mobile phone in your hand or with any other part of your body (for example between your head and shoulder) while driving.
Using hands-free while driving is not illegal but can distract the driver from the road which puts other road users at risk.
Using a mobile phone can cause people to:
At areas where traffic lights are out of order, drivers use their own judgement as to when it is safe to proceed. At times a person may proceed at the wrong time causing an accident at the lights. Other oncoming cars may not notice this until it is too late, causing multiple accidents.
According to the AA’s latest Motor Insurance Poll, 7.6% of drivers in Ireland break red lights at least occasionally. From the motorists polled, 2.2% admitted to putting their foot down when approaching an amber light to make it through before it turns red.
These are common occurrences, but it is not up to other drivers to anticipate these actions. There is a common expectation amongst road users that the rules of the road will be followed. When a person breaks a red light, other road users are put at risk of an accident.
In most recent stats published by the Health Research Board, Ireland is among the highest alcohol consuming countries in the EU. According to RSA’s most recent report, 38% of all fatalities and other road collisions involved drivers who had consumed alcohol.
Alcohol and drugs impair a person’s driving ability and increase the risk of a collision. People who drive at the legal limit are 6 times more likely to be involved in a collision.
Poor or inadequate lighting, faded or non-existent road markings, debris on the road, potholes and broken guardrails can cause accidents and lead to a driver veering off their own lane into oncoming traffic causing head-on collisions.
There is a universal expectation that all road users will obey the rules of the road, however, there are times when people will ignore these rules and accidents can occur.
Confusion on the road can lead to accidents, for example, if a person on holidays in Ireland is not used to the rules of the road or driving on the left side of the road, they may become disorientated and cause a collision.
Following a road traffic accident, whether as a driver, passenger, pedestrian or cyclist, there are a number of steps you should follow:
Your health is your wealth and should be your first priority. Immediately after a road traffic accident, take a second to assess yourself to determine if you have any injuries. Then check if any passengers or anybody else involved in the accident need medical attention. If you or anyone else involved has sustained a serious injury ensure that you contact an ambulance to attend the scene.
For minor injuries, you must remember that minor injuries where you ‘feel fine’ could progress to a more serious injury in the future. In this case it is always better to be safe than sorry and advisable that you go to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) or local GP to be checked out.
It is important that you gather all the relevant information in connection with your accident:
Regardless of how minor or serious the road traffic accident was, it is important that you call the Gardaí to report the accident immediately.
For minor accidents, the Gardaí may tell you that they will not be attending the scene. In this scenario, the appropriate information should be exchanged. In these cases, it is also important that you visit your nearest Garda station to request that they take details of the accident and to take your statement about the accident.
For more serious road traffic accidents, where an ambulance has been called, the Gardaí may arrive at the scene to assess, take statements from the people involved and any witnesses.
If you are the driver of the vehicle involved in a road traffic accident it is important to inform your own insurance company so they have a record of the accident.
If you are considering moving forward with a road traffic accident claim for any personal injuries sustained it is advisable that you speak with a road traffic accident claims solicitor as soon as possible. If you are proceeding with a claim, the first step will be submitting your claim to the Injuries Board for assessment. A road traffic accident solicitor can help you in preparing your application to the Injuries Board and ensure that you follow the process in the correct format, meaning that you can move forward with your claim quickly without unnecessary delays.
It is important to remember to keep copies of any expenses that you have incurred as a result of the accident. It is also imperative to retain copies of medical reports or Garda reports, where possible as you will need them when making a claim.
Once you have gathered all the relevant information in relation to your injury it is then time to move forward with your claim. It is important to use a specialist road traffic accident solicitor to help you with this.
When you decide you want to move forward with your road traffic accident claim it is important to have all the relevant information to hand when contacting a solicitor. Important information to have on hand at this point is:
As a solicitor is aware of the road traffic accident claim process they can avoid any legal bumps in the road you might encounter if you did this yourself. It is their job to be your trusted advisor on all legal matters throughout your case.
One of the most important documents in your case is a medical report. Your solicitor will ask for your doctor’s or Hospital details so he can obtain a report on your injuries. This report will then be used to allow us progress your case.
As soon as your solicitor has gathered all the information, your road traffic accident claim will be submitted to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board for assessment. You solicitor will do this for you. Once the Injuries Board assess your claim your solicitor will revert with a suggested settlement amount. At this stage you have a choice to accept the Injuries Board assessment or reject it and move the next steps.
At this point one of two scenarios will unfold:
a. If both you and the party at fault accept the Injuries Board assessment, your case is settled and the person at fault will be ordered to pay settlement to you.
b. If either you or the person at fault reject the Injuries Board assessment, then you move to the next stage and your solicitor will issue legal proceedings.
Before you start to concern yourself with court and everything that comes with it, it’s important to understand that only a very small percentage of cases actually make it to a courtroom.
Settlement meetings will be arranged where a settlement can be negotiated. Most cases are settled at this point without ever having to step foot into a courtroom and remember it’s your solicitor’s job to be with you every step of the way, right beside you to ensure that your best interests are met at all stages. Your solicitor is to be your trusted advisor throughout the process and to let you focus on your recovery, as they focus on settling your case.
At Tracey’s we make law accessible to all — regardless of your knowledge or experience with the claims process. For more information and a confidential discussion on your road traffic accident, phone 01 649 9900 where you can speak with a member of our team straight away, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us about your case.
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If you are to proceed with a road traffic accident claim you may be entitled to claim compensation for the accident and added expenses you may have incurred. These claims are called damages.
General damages are non-financial damages such as pain and suffering and/or physical and emotional injuries following a road traffic accident.
Special damages are out of pocket expenses incurred as a result of the road traffic accident, for example, loss of earnings (if you are out of work), medical bills, and added travel costs as a result of the accident (for example, travel to and from the hospital). Learn more about Special Damages.
Material damage refers to damage caused to your personal property. For example, in a road traffic accident, the material damage would be the damage to your car.
The statute of limitations are the legal time limits on how long you have to make a claim — these vary depending on the situation. The general rule for most personal injury cases is that the person has two years from the date of the accident or date of knowledge of the accident to make a claim for compensation. Contacting a solicitor to discuss your case will help you in determining how long you have left to make a claim.Learn more about Time Limits
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