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What Happens After A Car Accident That’s Not Your Fault in Ireland?

Posted in [Blog Personal Injury Litigation ] on Wednesday, November 30th, 2022

Car and road traffic accidents, unfortunately, occur daily in Ireland. Thankfully, the number of fatal accidents does appear to have reduced.  However, there are many people who are still injured every year on the road.

Car and road traffic accidents happen when a collision occurs involving a vehicle such as a car, bus, motorbike or bicycle. In some cases, a pedestrian may also be involved if they are knocked down by a vehicle.  If you are involved in a car accident that is not your fault, you may be able to make a compensation claim.

What Happens Immediately After A Car Accident?

There are three things which should happen immediately after a car accident in Ireland.

Firstly, an ambulance should be called for anyone who is injured.

Secondly, the Gardai should be called to manage the scene, record evidence, and take statements. The Gardai will not always be able to attend the scene of an accident. In those circumstances, you should, following the accident, and after receiving the necessary medical treatment, visit a Gardai station. The Gardai will record your report of the incident.

Thirdly, you must informer your insurer of the accident.


Making Car Accident Claims Ireland

If you are injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to make a personal injuries claim. If you are not injured but your property is damaged, you may also have a valid claim. To make a claim for injuries or property after a car accident, the first step is to contact your Solicitor for advice. Your Solicitor will advise if your claim is valid and the options for proceeding.


Speak To Cantillons Solicitors, Car Accident Claims Experts

At Cantillons Solicitors, Cork based Car Accident Solicitors, we have acted on behalf of many car accident claimants who have suffered whiplash injuries, and other injuries, as a result of car accidents. The compensation payouts we have achieved in such cases have ranged from thousands of euros to multi-million euro compensation awards.

We pride ourselves on our extensive experience. We have an approachable team of Personal Injuries Solicitors. We understand the stress that comes with suffering an injury in an accident, and we aim to take that stress from you, so you can focus on recovery.

If you are looking to speak to a Car Accident Solicitor about making a Car Accident Claim, please contact Cantillon Solicitors using the contact form below, call us on +353 (0)21 4275673 or email us at  for more information.

Cantillons Solicitors represent clients from all over Ireland. While our office is based in Cork, given the amount of work we do all over the Country, we also have meeting facilities in Dublin and Limerick. We also offer consultations via telephone or Zoom so as to avoid the stress of travelling where necessary.


Contact us at Cantillons Solicitors at Cork  +353 (0)21 4275673 or Dublin +353 (0)1 264 1802 or email  if you would like more information.

* In contentious business, a Solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement. Many Personal Injury Solicitors portray themselves as “no win no fee Solicitors Cork” or “no win no fee Solicitors Dublin”. This term can be misleading and it is essential that you discuss fees with the Medical Negligence Solicitor you ultimately choose. At Cantillons Solicitors, we are entirely transparent

Jody Cantillon



Jody is a Partner in our Litigation Department.

Having graduated from University College Cork in 2009, Jody completed his apprenticeship with a top litigation defence firm in Cork City and qualified as a Solicitor in 2014.

Prior to joining Cantillons Solicitors in 2016, Jody worked for a leading Dublin firm, specialising in the area of commercial litigation and dispute resolution. There he gained valuable experience in defending and prosecuting high end, large scale commercial disputes before the Commercial Court.

How can we help?

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We have Solicitors based in various locations, including Cork, Limerick and Dublin. We can arrange a meeting at a location that is suitable to you.

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