Road Traffic Accidents in Ireland are a common occurrence on Irish roads. Such accidents can occur in a variety of circumstances although in many cases it is due to a driver’s error, careless driving or reckless driving.

It is important that any road traffic accident which you are involved in is reported to An Garda Siochana so that the accident can be investigated. It is also important to obtain the details of the parties involved so that an insurer can be notified of the incident. Motor insurance in Ireland is mandatory when driving a vehicle so if you are injured as a result of someone’s careless or reckless driving, you will be compensated for those injuries.

If your accident was caused by someone who does not have insurance or who is not able to be identified, for example a hit and run, then the personal injuries proceedings will be against the Motor Insurers Bureau of Ireland.

Time Limits

Like most personal injury claims, the claim for compensation must be commenced within two years of the date of the accident and there is a statutory requirement to notify the other party involved, or their insurer, within one month of the incident if you are pursuing a claim. There are a number of exceptions to the two year time limit, for example minors and persons of unsound mind.


One of the most common forms of injury as a result of a car or motorcycle accident is whiplash. This is as a result of your head snapping forwards and backwards due to the impact of another vehicle hitting yours. Such injuries are not immediately apparent after the incident and the actual pain and injury may unfold over a number of days or weeks.

In every personal injury claim, a medical report is required from your treating doctor, usually a general practitioner although it can also be from a specialist, for example an orthopaedic surgeon where there are fractures or broken bones. The severity of the injuries will determine the compensation available which is based on the new personal injuries guidelines.

We have over 40 years experience in personal injuries law and will provide comprehensive legal advice throughout the personal injuries process. If you require advice in relation to a road traffic accident, please contact us on 01 4900121 or alternatively send an email to with your contact details and a summary of the accident.