Who are we?
Irish Road Victims Association (IRVA)
The Irish Road Victims Association is a NGO that supports those bereaved or injured by road collisions and campaigns for justice, rights and recognition for Road Crash Victims.
It works with all Stakeholders whose common aim to prevent road deaths and injuries, to improve road crash investigations and to improve support services for Road Victims and bereaved families.
It campaigns for a fairer justice system, with more transparent investigations, prosecutions and Coroner's inquests. It seeks improved support and recognition for Road Victims together with timely accurate information provided for those affected by road deaths and injuries, without excessive fees being applied.
Irish Road Victims Association – Emotional Support
The Irish Road Victims Association comprises a group of people, many of whom have lost a loved one in a road traffic collision or have been injured themselves, their colleagues, relatives and friends. They are available to speak to bereaved families if they would like to discuss any aspect of their post-crash experience.
Irish Road Victims Association – Practical Support
The IRVA has produced a Guide for the Families of Victims of Road Traffic Collisions. It is available for anybody affected by road traffic collisions, including bereaved families. It outlines the steps involved in the professional Garda investigation of serious injury and fatal collisions, and the subsequent post-mortem, inquest and legal proceedings (where applicable) and offers information and advice to the victim’s family.
The Irish Road Victims’ Association is a member of the European Federation for Road Traffic Victims (FEVR) and is also a member of the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety & Road Victims.
The IRVA is also a signatory to the European Road Safety Charter (ERSC).
Why the need for an NGO representing victims of road traffic collisions?
Brigitte Chaudhry describes the dismissive treatment of the relatives of road crash victims and why RoadPeace was set up:
A road death is not like a normal death. It is a violent death – as violent as murder, and like murder, totally unexpected. The bereaved need help, care and support at such a terrible time, especially as they face unfamiliar procedures – inquests, investigations and hearings – where knowledge of what is going on, and what their rights are, can prevent further suffering. Although well-structured support is almost automatically available to victims in other situations, the victims of road death seem to be totally ignored: they are left without any assistance – sympathy even – without proper information of how their loved ones died, and, apparently, without any rights. The often totally innocent death of a loved one appears to be a matter of little or no importance: this diminishes them, their life appearing to be devalued because a motor vehicle was the weapon.
In perhaps the majority of cases someone has caused their death by breaking the law, yet relatives are expected to accept the occurrence as ‘an accident’, and not to expect a proper investigation, information about proceedings, or a serious prosecution of the driver responsible for the death. If they protest they are dismissed as vindictive and accused of being vengeful. Not only are they faced with the horrendous fact of a loved one's - often their child’s – violent death, but with an attitude to those deaths which borders on the obscene and which cannot possibly be acceptable in a civilised society. This leaves the bereaved shocked and bewildered; it also causes deep emotional wounds.
Brigitte is founder of Roadpeace UK and was president of FEVR for many years.
Sadly, Brigitte's experience echos that of so many of our Member's families here in Ireland. Please support us in campaigning for change.
The human impact of road traffic collisions.....a presentation made last year at the RSA conference in Dublin by Brigitte Chaudhry, founder of Roadpeace and former President of FEVR. Our NGO are now members of FEVR and are advocating for road traffic victims here in Ireland.