Best Practice in Accident Investigations

This 2-day legal training course is an intensive and highly practical programme delivered by qualified and practicing lawyers. Delegates will learn about the do’s and don’ts in the 24-hour period after an accident has occurred.

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Best Practice in Accident Investigations

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Thorough accident investigation training is essential to effective risk management. Despite this many staff members do not know what to do in the “golden 24 hour period” after an accident occurs. The result is that essential information is lost or tainted.

La Touche Training provides this legal training course for delegates to learn the competencies and skills to apply best practice in their investigation of an accident. They will learn how to deal with and respond to external investigators when they arrive on site. They will learn the skills to collect, store and record essential information to minimise the risk of the accident happening again and where appropriate to defend the organisation in a civil or criminal case. They will leave gaining the skills required to conduct a full and impartial investigation that will provide for effective risk management and adequate defence of any potential civil or criminal legal proceedings.

Key learning points

  • How to respond immediately when an accident occurs
  • How to deal with external investigators – e.g. the HSA or Gardaí
  • Civil and criminal proceedings arising out of an accident
  • Recent developments in civil and criminal litigation
  • Evidence – the rules, admissibility
  • Best practice in note taking and record management
  • How to interview witnesses
  • What a good statement looks like
  • Writing the investigation report
  • Giving evidence with confidence

Day 1 Outline

The first day will cover important legal aspects of accident investigation including recent changes and developments in the conduct of civil and criminal proceedings that may arise out of an accident. For staff who handle investigations, it will examine in detail the far reaching changes introduced by the Personal Injuries Assessment Board Act 2003 and the Civil Liability Courts Act 2004. They will learn about recent HSA prosecutions where individuals have been held criminally liable.

Delegates will also gain an understanding of the different stages of personal injuries litigation and what information is needed to enable lawyers to draft proper pleadings and verify affidavits.

They will learn what to do when a HSA inpsector or Garda member arrives on site to conduct an investigation.

Day 2 Outline

The second day will focus on the practical aspects of accident investigation. Delegates will learn about the rules and admissibility of evidence and what is required to maintain the  integrity of proofs. They will gain skills to take proper notes & make good records, conduct interviews of witnesses, write good statements and investigation reports. The course concludes with practical guidance and tips on giving evidence in court or inquest proceedings.


"Excellent, very informative course with good coverage of investigation techniques and protocol" - Christy O’Connor, Limerick County Council