Updated : 01/03/2017
If you have an accident, you are required by law to call the police to the scene of the accident, in the following circumstances:
Your legal obligations, if you are involved in a motor accident, are contained in Section 106 of the Road Traffic Act 1961 as amended. You must stop your car and remain at the scene of the accident for a reasonable time.
If a Garda is present at the scene of the accident you must give, when requested:
• Your name and address
• The address where your car is kept
• The name and address of the car owner
• The car registration number
• Motor insurance details (including expiry date of the policy)
If there is no Garda present you must, when requested, give this information to:
• The injured person where a person has been injured (or someone asking on the person's behalf).
• To the owner where property has been damaged (or someone asking on the owner's behalf).
If none of these are present the information should be given to some independent person who was present when the accident occurred.
If there is no Garda present, the accident must be reported as soon as possible to a Garda who is nearby or at a Garda station. This can be done by the persons, if any, to whom you gave the information. If they are not in a position to do so, you must report the accident.
The procedure for claiming compensation from the other driver's insurance company includes:
You do not have to use the official accident declaration form.
If you don't have an accident declaration form, you must note down the following facts while still at the scene of accident:
The minimum insurance coverage in Ireland is: