How do I know if I am entitled to receive moped crash compensation?
Eoin P. Campbell, LL.B., Solicitor
Editor in Chief
Provided you sustained an injury in an accident that was not your fault you should be able to claim for moped crash compensation. Think of it in the same way as if you were a pedestrian; if you were knocked down by a car when on foot and you suffered an injury as a result, you would be able to make a personal injury compensation claim.
There are some procedures you should have taken in support of your moped crash compensation claim. The most important would have been to make your health a priority and be treated by a medical professional immediately following the accident. If the accident was serious an ambulance should have been summoned, but even if the accident did not call for the presence of the Gardai or an ambulance, you should have still seen a medical practitioner to have your injuries examined and recorded in your medical history.
Most road vehicle users are aware that in the event of a crash the insurance and personal details of those involved should be exchanged. It would also have been beneficial to collect the details of any witnesses, who could later be called to support your claim. Additionally, if it was possible, you should have taken pictures of the scene which could also be later used as evidence. You should also have reported your accident to the local Garda station.
You would be well advised to seek the assistance of an experienced solicitor who can evaluate the details of your accident and recommend whether or not you can pursue an action for moped crash compensation. Certain situations could arise that may complicate your claim, such as an accusation of contributory negligence. Your solicitor would be in a good position to handle such a scenario, rather than face this worry alone, as someone inexperienced in dealing with compensation claims.