Information and advice for bereaved families and friends following a death on the road in Northern Ireland

This page contains links to web pages of information and advice on practical matters and procedures that follow a death on the road in Northern Ireland. You can also download the complete guide as a pdf.

This information aims to help you if someone close has been killed in a road crash, or if you are caring for someone bereaved in this way.

It has been produced by the charity Brake, with funding from the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

What to read now

If you have been bereaved in the past few hours or days, go to the page 'What happens now?' (If you don't feel able to read on right away, ask someone else to read these pages for you.)

The rest of this guide provides information and advice on many other issues you may face at different times.

For emotional support, information and practical help from Brake and other agencies now or later, contact the Brake helpline on 0808 8000 401 or helpline@brake.org.uk or go to the to the section labelled ‘Useful organisations’.

What happens now?

Information and advice on organ donation; seeing, touching and identifying a loved one's body; post-mortem examination issues; return of belongings; visiting the crash site; what happened in the crash; and what happens to vehicles.

Practical issues

Information and advice on informing people; burials or cremations; legal issues; personal finance; the media; memorials; crashes abroad.

Criminal investigation and charges

Information and advice on the police investigation; the Public Prosecution Service and your right to be heard; criminal charges.

Court cases

Information and advice on attending court; being a witness in court; court procedures; appeals; prisoner release; inquests; the Criminal Justice System.

Can I claim compensation?

Information and advice on claiming compensation; hiring a solicitor to pursue compensation; rogue offers of help; paying your solicitor; types of compensation; fatal motor claim procedures.

Useful organisations

Information about organisations you can contact concerning all of the above.

Coping with grief

Advice for people bereaved in a road crash on coping with emotions, shock and trauma, and getting help.

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