Most drivers, even negligent ones, will stop after being involved in a road traffic accident to help anybody who has been injured, or to exchange contact and insurance details. “Hit and Run” drivers often have a reason not to stop – such as not having motor insurance – and, even when modern technology is used to track these drivers down, making a hit and run accident compensation claim can be a complex process.
The processes after being involved in a hit and run accident will vary according to the circumstances, but in a serious accident an ambulance and the Gardai would be summoned – the ambulance to take anybody who has been injured to hospital and the Gardai to make a “Road Traffic Accident Report”. In less serious circumstances, one or neither of the services may attend, so your priority must be to seek medical attention for yourself and any passenger who is injured.
You will need both a copy of your medical notes and the Gardai´s “Road Traffic Accident Report” when making a hit and run accident compensation claim so, once you have received treatment for your injuries, you should report the hit and run accident at your local Garda station and get a copy of the report they make. Thereafter, it is in your best interests to speak with a solicitor before making a hit and run accident compensation claim.
Making a Hit and Run Accident Compensation Claim
Although it is possible for an individual to complete and submit the application form to the Injuries Board Ireland in order to claim hit and hit and run accident compensation, it is in your best interests to use the services of an experienced personal injury claims solicitor. A hit and run accident compensation claim – where the negligent driver is unknown or is found to not have insurance – is made against the Motor Insurers Board of Ireland (MIBI). A solicitor will have experience of exactly how to complete the application form in order that all the details required for a successful hit and run accident claim are present.
An experienced solicitor will be able to advise you about the special damages you are entitled to claim for any expenses incurred due to your injuries, or loss of earnings if you are unable to work. He will also be able to represent you in court should the Injuries Board Ireland make an inadequate assessment of your hit and run accident compensation claim, the amount is disputed by MIBI, or if your claim for hit and run accident compensation involves a child – in which case court approval of any settlement is required before compensation can be paid.
Professional Hit and Run Accident Claim Advice
Hit and run accident claims do not occur very often, as most drivers have the good courtesy to stop and assist when an accident has occurred – even when they are to blame. However, if you have been injured in a hit and run accident, and would like to find out more about your entitlement to claim hit and run accident compensation, you are invited to call our legal claims advice helpline.
Our service provides you with the opportunity to discuss your hit and run accident claim with an experienced solicitor in complete confidence, and without obligation to proceed with a claim. Our lines are open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and we also offer a call-back service for clients who would rather that we call them at a more convenient time.
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What to Expect When You Call
We have been providing advice for our clients for many years, and know that when you call our free hit and run accident claim advice service you could be experiencing a vast range of emotions. If you are at all apprehensive about speaking with us, let us put your mind at rest that we are only here to help.
We will ask you to explain to us the circumstances surrounding your hit and run accident, what injuries you sustained and how they were treated. We will also want to know if the police attended the scene or have attempted to identify the hit and run driver.
More importantly, we would like to know how your injuries have affected your quality of life and ability to perform regular daily routines such as work, drive or care for any young and elderly family members. If you are calling on behalf of a child who has been injured, we may also like to speak with them.
We are happy to answer any legal questions that you may have about making a hit and run accident compensation claim and will also provide you with some helpful and practical advice about your entitlement to special damages.
Before the conclusion of our conversation, we will summarise what we have discussed to ensure that you are clear about the advice we have given you, and provide you with a list of options for you to consider.
You are under no obligation to act on any of our suggestions or pursue a hit and run accident compensation claim, and many of our clients have found it helpful to discuss their options with family and friends before proceeding with a claim for hit and run accident compensation.
However, you should not leave it too long before making your initial call to our legal claims advice helpline. Claims of this nature have a set time limit from the date of your accident in which they have to be made and it is in your best interests to call us as soon as possible.
If now is not a good time to speak with us, complete your contact details in the call-back form at the foot of the page and one of our helpful personal injury claims solicitors will get back in touch with you when it is more convenient.