Keenan & Co. Solicitors

Road Traffic Law

Our Areas of Practice


No Insurance Offences*

Careless & Dangerous Driving*


Road Traffic Law falls under two main areas:

1. Prosecutions

Driving offences in Ireland are set out in the Road Traffic Acts 1961 (as amended). There is a range of offenses and the penalties also depend on such. There is a penalty point system in Ireland with other penalites, from fines to imprisonment,  also in place.

In terms of road traffic offenses, they include but are not limited to:


 > Drink Driving Offences

 > Drug Driving Offences

 > No Insurance Offences

 > Careless Driving

 > Dangerous Driving

2. Accidents

Road traffic accidents can be an all too common sight on Ireland’s roads.

The cause of these accidents is extremely varied, from  reckless driving to freak accidents and narrow roads. Regardless of the cause, if someone gets involved in such an accident, he must do certain things according to the road traffic accident laws. 

If you’ve been injured as a result of a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, then please visit the different pages on our personal injury page of our website.

What to do after an accident?

In Ireland, car accidents are the most prevalent cause of personal injury legal costs, with over ten thousand individuals injured in road traffic incidents each year. 

Almost 90% of these accidents are due to mistakes on the driver’s behalf (Road Safety Authority Report 2008). Vehicle ownership is widespread in Ireland, and the public transport system is restricted. Hence, most individuals will commute in a car practically every day, either as drivers or riders.


As a result, if you were wounded in a traffic collision for something you were not at fault for, seeking advice from experienced solicitors who deal with passenger claims is highly recommended. 

Each case provides a varied set of details and you’ll need the appropriate solutions to your specific circumstances. Understanding the steps that are required in processing a claim along with the correct legal advice will significantly help maximise your settlement.

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How can solicitors help after an accident?

Road traffic accident solicitors can help in any accident compensation claims. They can provide legal advice and procedures to be followed if any injury or property loss occurs. In case of a Hit and Run or an Uninsured driver, a personal injury claim can be made against the Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland with a solicitor’s help.

When involved in motor accidents, it is always recommended to follow road traffic accident laws to avoid further losses. Getting correct legal advice from a trusted solicitor is the best way to deal with such situations. A solicitor can help you get the rightful claim or deal with a claim efficiently.

Our Dedicated Team

We strive to get the right results at the right price for our Road Traffic Accident clients. We have a professional, experienced and hands on approach to assist you with all of your legal needs.

Brian Keenan
Principal Solicitor

With over 13 years of experience in the legal industry, Brian has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in advising clients who find themselves in a difficult situation. Brian’s passion is in getting the best possible results for his clients.

A Few Words From Our Clients

Road traffic accident laws in Ireland

Here are the legal actions as per the road traffic accident laws when an accident occurs:

  1. Stay at the scene: The person must stop and stay at the scene of the accident for a reasonable time.

  2. Provide information: If a Garda is present at the scene of the collision, they must provide the following details when requested:

    > Their name and address.
    > The address where their car is kept.
    > The car owner’s name and address.
    > The car’s registration number.
    > Motor insurance details.


However, if there is no Garda present, they must give the above information on request to:

   > The injured person or a person is asking on their behalf.

   > The owner who has suffered property loss or someone is asking on their behalf.


  3. Report the accident: In the absence of a Garda, the accident must be reported as soon as possible to a Garda who is nearby or at a Garda station.

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Contact Us

If you’ve been injured as a result of a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault, contact us to discuss any legal issue that you’re currently facing.