Being involved in a road traffic accident which was not your fault is bad enough but finding out that the other driver is uninsured, or they simply leave the scene is even worse. However, many people are not aware that it’s possible to claim compensation* if you have been a victim of a road traffic accident caused by an uninsured driver or unidentified vehicle (hit and run). The Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland (MIBI), which is as body set up by the Government and the insurance industry to operate as the insurer of last resort, operates a compensation scheme for victims of uninsured and untraced motorists for personal injury suffered and vehicle/property damage.
The number of uninsured drivers on Irish roads has increased dramatically in recent years. According to insurance industry statistics there are approximately 150,000 uninsured vehicles driving on Irish roads and there was a staggering 2,758 road traffic accident claims brought against uninsured or untraced drivers in 2017.
Claims involving uninsured and unidentified vehicles are usually more complicated it is therefore important to obtain expert advice in relation to your claim from a specialist personal injury solicitor* as soon as possible.
Although these types of accidents are not as straightforward as a regular road traffic accident, we here at McSweeney Solicitors are experienced, knowledgeable and equipped to help you through the process by providing advice on whether you are entitled to claim compensation* as a result of your road traffic accident. You can speak to a specialist injury solicitor on a no obligation basis who will be happy to answer your questions, such as:
- Can I make a claim?
- How long will it take?
- What are my chances of success?
- Can I claim for loss of earnings and medical expenses?
- How long do I have to bring a claim?
- How much will it cost?
- Can I still claim even if the motorist was uninsured?
- What happens if the motorist drove off before I could get details?
- How much compensation is my claim worth*?
- Will I have to go to court?