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Hit and Run Accident Claims

If you have sustained injuries, damage to your property, and incurred expenses following a hit and run accident you may still be able to claim compensation even if the driver remains unidentified and untraceable. At McCarthy + Co, our personal injury team assist clients from across Ireland in securing fair compensation for their injuries and losses.

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Bringing a claim following a hit and run accident

At McCarthy + Co, we understand the shock and confusion that hit and run accidents bring to victims and their families. Across Ireland, these incidents leave individuals facing not only physical injuries but also the emotional trauma of an offender evading responsibility.

Common reasons for hit and run accidents include the driver’s fear of legal consequences, lack of a valid driver’s license or insurance, being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, panic, or simply the desire to avoid financial responsibility. These factors lead drivers to flee the scene, hoping to escape detection and the resulting penalties, which can include fines, loss of licence, and imprisonment.

Fortunately, it is still possible to seek compensation for personal injury even in scenarios where the hit and run driver can’t be traced. Victims can pursue compensation through the Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland (MIBI). To successfully claim compensation, it is necessary to report the accident to the Garda Síochána promptly and follow specific procedures outlined by the MIBI. You will also need to seek legal advice from an experienced personal injury solicitor to navigate the claim process effectively.

Common types of hit and run accidents

Common types of hit and run accidents where there are grounds to bring an injury claim include the following:

  • Pedestrian Accidents – When a vehicle hits a pedestrian, and the driver flees the scene without offering help or reporting the incident.
  • Bicycle Accidents – Cyclists are particularly vulnerable, and hit and run incidents involving bicycles often occur, leaving the cyclist injured.
  • Motorcycle Accidents – Motorcyclists can be severely injured in hit and runs due to the lack of protection compared to cars, and drivers may flee to avoid consequences.
  • Vehicle-on-Vehicle Collisions: This includes accidents where one car hits another and the at-fault driver leaves the scene. It can happen in car parks, at traffic lights, or on highways.

In all these scenarios, the driver responsible for the accident fails to stop, provide information, or assist the injured party, making them hit and run incidents.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Some of the questions we are often asked in relation to hit and run accidents.

  • Can I make a claim for vehicle and property damage if the driver remains unidentified?

    If the driver responsible for an accident remains unidentified, the MIBI typically does not cover vehicle damage, except when the victim sustains significant injuries requiring a hospital stay of 5 days or more, subject to a €500 excess. However, for those with comprehensive insurance, an agreement between the MIBI and insurers ensures that your vehicle's damages are covered without affecting your no claims bonus and without any excess charges. Essentially, with comprehensive insurance, your insurer covers your car's damages, and your no claims bonus is protected.

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  • How does the MIBI scheme process work?

    The initial step is to inform the MIBI about the accident and your intention to claim damages by submitting a detailed MIBI claim notification form. This form should include the accident's date, time, and location, your personal and vehicle details, damage and injuries reported, medical consultations, and the attending Gardaí's information.

    Following your notification, the MIBI will conduct an investigation, which may involve interviews and checking the insurance status of the alleged at-fault driver. Given that specific pre-conditions and exclusions apply, the MIBI will, if your claim is eligible, assign a local insurer to manage it. In successful claims, the MIBI, listed as a defendant alongside the offender, will issue compensation to the claimant upon resolution.

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  • How can I ensure a fair settlement?

    The MIBI, funded by insurance companies known for their cautious spending, aims to settle hit and run compensation claims with the minimum possible payout. By applying for an assessment with the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB), you'll gain an impartial evaluation of your claim.

    If the MIBI's settlement offer falls short, you can secure an "Authorisation" from the Injuries Board allowing you to take your claim to court. With this, you'll have an independent assessment and an indirect admission of liability for your injuries, strengthening your case.

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  • Do I need a solicitor to bring a hit and run claim?

    Navigating MIBI claims can be difficult, with claimants facing stringent requirements under the scheme. Consulting with a solicitor who has experience in MIBI claims is highly recommended. At McCarthy + Co, our personal injury team are highly knowledgeable about laws concerning uninsured and untraced drivers. If you've been the victim of a hit and run, we're here to expertly guide you through the claims process, ensuring you're supported every step of the way in securing the compensation that you’re entitled to.

Start your hit and run accident claim

Get expert advice on securing compensation following an injury sustained in a hit and run accident. Call us on 1800 390 555 and an experienced member of staff will discuss your situation and potential next steps. You can also email on info@mccarthy.ie and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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About McCarthy + Co

With more than 30 years of experience in dealing with personal injury claims, McCarthy + Co. has expertise in a wide variety of fields including road traffic and car accident compensation claims cases. We are a family-run business, and we pride ourselves on offering honest, impartial and helpful advice.

Our offices are based in Dublin and Cork but we work with clients throughout Ireland in locations ranging from Galway to Waterford. You can count on us for legal advice, guidance and assistance on any form of personal injury.

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We are a multi-award winning firm, accredited by the Law Society of Ireland.

Law Firm of the Year - Irish Law Awards
Irish Law Awards 2022 - Winner of Excellence & Innovation in Client Services
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Irish Law Awards 2021 - Litigation Law Firm of the Year (Munster)
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Flor McCarthy

Flor McCarthy

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wears multiple hats, not only as the managing partner of one of Ireland’s leading law firms, but also as an author, speaker and an acknowledged expert in client service, innovation and marketing.

Beginning his academic journey at UCC, Flor furthered his education with a master’s degree in law from UCD. After gaining valuable experience as a solicitor in Dublin, the allure of home and the family brought him back to West Cork to contribute his expertise to the family business.
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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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is a seasoned solicitor with almost 20 years of experience, specialises in personal injury and medical negligence claims, focusing particularly on high-value compensation cases. His extensive litigation experience spans Circuit Court, High Court and Supreme Court levels.

John's practice involves a diverse range of cases, from personal injury and wrongful death to property damage, defective products, professional negligence and judicial reviews.
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