19/04/2021 by McKenna and Co Solicitors
You’ve been in a car accident, what next?
We’re sorry to hear that you’ve been involved in a car accident, and hope that you haven’t been hurt
Depending on the circumstances, there is a number of things you can - and should - do:
1. Get the Registration
If the info the other driver gives you turns out to be wrong later on, if you have the car reg it will enable you to bring a car accident claim. Getting a photo is ideal, but if not try take a note of it.
2. Call the Gardaí
This depends on the case, but if the Gardaí are called, make sure you give them your statement of what happened.
3. Take photos
This will be helpful later on, take photos of the car, any damage to it, any injuries you sustained, the area you were driving, the road, the damages to the other driver, if any.
4. Talk to the other driver
If the other driver is cooperating, make sure you get their insurance details. Being at the scene of a car accident can be daunting but you probably don’t know who is 100% to blame, so don’t apologise to the other driver, admit liability or even talk about the accident. Get contact details for the other driver if possible.
If possible, take notes/photos of the weather conditions, the traffic at the time of the accident, name and contact details of any witnesses.
We understand this may seem overwhelming in the aftermath of being in an accident, but it will save stress and anxiety later on. Alternatively you can call us on 01 485 4563 and we can talk you through the process.
Please do not hesitate to contact our litigation team on 01 485 4563 should you have any queries in relation to any of the above. * In contentious business a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.