08 Jun Hit and Run Accident Compensation
As a pedestrian, cyclist or driver, it is extremely distressing to be involved in a road traffic accident where either the driver of the other car leaves straight away, does not leave their contact details or does not have valid insurance. If you have been involved in a road traffic accident where this is the case, you may still be able to make a road traffic accident claim.
How do I claim hit and run accident compensation in Ireland?
If the other driver did not have valid insurance or left the scene without giving you their details you can still take your claim for hit and run accident compensation to the Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland (MIBI).
What is the Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland?
The MIBI was established to compensate victims of road traffic accidents which have been caused by unidentified or uninsured drivers. It has funded through motor insurance companies as part of their licence to operate in Ireland.
The MIBI can process your claim in the following circumstances:
- The other driver was uninsured
- You have no way of identifying the other driver
- The other driver was registered or insured outside of the state of the Republic or Ireland
- If you are making a personal injury claim or a property damage claim for any of the above circumstances
Should I report a hit and run case to the Gardaí?
Even though the other driver has either left the scene or not provided valid details, you should report the accident to the Gardaí as soon as possible. When reporting your case, give the Gardaí all useful information you may have, including:
- Details of your injury
- Where and when the accident took place
- Detail the damage your property have received
- Any details you have about the other driver
How do I show the other driver was liable for the hit and run accident?
With any personal injury claim, liablity must be shown to award compensation. This can be difficult when the other party cannot be identified. In cases of hit and run accidents, it is important to report your accident to the Garda and to your own insurer. As with all personal injuries, it is important to obtain a copy of your medical records, details of any witness and any damage to your property.
It is also important to speak to your personal injury solicitor as soon as possible so tht they can help gather all relevant information for your case.