Each year, approximately 9,000 people are involved in road traffic accidents across Ireland. While the overwhelming majority of those are only slightly hurt, around 700 are seriously injured, and 55 killed. Whether the victim is a driver, passenger, pedestrian, or another innocent bystander, road traffic accidents have the potential to cause considerable physical and psychological injuries.
There are a wide range of causal factors which lead to road traffic accidents in Ireland, including alcohol, excessive speed, and careless driving. It is the latter cause of careless driving which accounts for the overwhelming majority of accidents, leading to 6,500 of the total number of accidents each year.
If you have been the victim of a road traffic accident and suffered an injury as a result, you may be able to bring a claim if another party was to blame.
Road traffic accidents can cause considerable physical and psychological damage to victims, placing emotional and financial pressure on families who are left to cope with the consequences.
At Lavelle Solicitors, we have successfully assisted many claimants over three decades to bring claims related to road traffic accidents. Our team of specialist road traffic accident solicitors will first listen to the details of the incident, and advise you if a claim may be possible, and who the likely at-fault party may be. If you decide to instruct our services to bring a claim against the at-fault party for your pain, suffering, and losses, we will work tirelessly to bring together the necessary evidence to create a robust case which has the best chance of a favourable outcome for you and your family. And throughout the process, we will provide support and guidance to you and your loved ones at what is likely to be a deeply distressing time.
What type of road traffic accidents can I claim for?
Claims may be brought against negligent parties for any type of road traffic collision, including:
- Car accidents
- Bicycles accidents or any other self-propelled form of transport
- Public transport accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Workplace related vehicle accidents
- Heavy goods vehicle accidents
- Police and emergency service vehicle accidents
The injured party does not need to have been a driver or passenger to bring a claim relating to a road traffic accident; pedestrians or bystanders may also be able to bring a claim for their injuries. And likewise, if the accident was caused by a pedestrian or other individual not within or using a vehicle, a road traffic injury claim may also be possible.
Who is liable for my road traffic accident injuries?
Not all road traffic accidents are the fault of another party, however. Depending on the facts of the case, if it can be proven another person, business, or organisation was to blame, a claim may be brought against them for the damages which resulted. Road traffic accidents can be caused by a range of at-fault parties; it is our role to determine which one is applicable in your case. At-fault parties may include:
- Local authorities (e.g. if the road was not safe)
- Police or other emergency services
- A pedestrian or bystander
- Other drivers/riders (e.g. driving with excessive speed, or with due care and attention)
Road traffic accidents may have other causes including defective vehicles, poor quality vehicle maintenance and poor quality repairs. In future years, there may be a growing number of accidents involving cars which were under automatic vehicle control; such accidents will need to be assessed on a case by case basis to determine who may have been at fault.
What types of road traffic accident related injuries can I claim for?
Road traffic accident injuries which you may be able to bring a claim for include:
- Head / neck injuries – including brain injury, whiplash, skull fractures, and cognitive impairment
- Injuries to limbs – including loss of limbs, loss of function, and broken bones
- Soft tissue injuries
- Fatal accidents
- Damage to internal organs
- Back and spinal injuries – including loss of mobility or function, paralysis, or loss of sensation
If you are unsure if the injuries you have suffered could form the basis of a claim for damages, please contact one of our team today who will be able to advise you.
What may a claim for road traffic accident injury cover?
Claims following road traffic accident injury due to negligence may cover two areas of loss:
- Pain and suffering due to the injury; and
- Specific costs resulting from the injury caused. This may cover costs already incurred, such as transport, accommodation, and medical treatment, and expected future expenses, such as physical therapy and care costs.
The costs you receive will be based on the precise injuries suffered and the circumstances of the case.
How Lavelle’s road traffic accident injury solicitors can assist you in bringing a claim
- Lavelle Solicitors have successfully managed many cases of road traffic accident injury caused by the negligence or dangerous actions of another party.
- Our personal injury team, headed by partner, Avril Scally, who herself has over 15 years’ experience in personal injury claims, place client care at the centre of everything they do.
- From the first moment you speak to one of our solicitors, we will listen to your case carefully and with empathy and will only recommend advancing your case if we believe you have a valid case.
- We have both the legal expertise and understanding of the real-life challenges faced by individuals and their families following such events.
- Our solicitors will manage the process entirely on your behalf; compiling the information necessary for your case, including medical notes, and managing the submission of your personal injury claim.
By allowing us to handle your claim on your behalf, you can focus on what is most important, your recovery and care, or that of your family member or loved one.
For further information on making a claim for a road traffic accident injury in Ireland, please contact Lavelle Solicitors in confidence on (01) 644 5800 or email Avril Scally at [email protected]