Road Traffic Laws
A number of legal duties arise for a vehicle driver in the event of an accident where a person is injured or property is damaged.
If a road accident takes place and an injury is caused, the driver of the car must stop the vehicle and offer assistance. The driver must keep the car near the accident place and should give the Garda Siochana member on demand information, such as, where the vehicle is being kept.
The law is set out in S.106 of the Road Traffic Act 1961 and a person liable for this offence can attract a fine and/or imprisonment. The penalties for this offence can be seen here.
If the driver absconds from the accident scene knowing the injured party needs medical care, a person may be liable on indictment to a fine of up to €10,000 and/or imprisonment for seven years.
If the driver absconds from the accident scene knowing the injured party is dead, a person may be liable on indictment to a fine of up to €20,000 and/or imprisonment for ten years.
A member the Garda Siochana has the power to arrest the driver without warrant.
Driving Disqualification & Penalty Points
A person found liable for this offence can attract a driving disqualification if certain conditions are met and 5 penalty points on conviction.
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