Weather Warning – Brokers Ireland Issues Consumer Advice

Mon Feb 22 2021

Monday 22nd February, 2021       

As Met Éireann issued rainfall and wind warnings for much of the country,  Brokers Ireland advised motorists to be extra careful to protect themselves and other road users.

Cathie Shannon, Director of General Insurance Services at the organization, which represents 1,225 Broker firms, said this weather will follow some nice Spring sunshine that may lull people into a false sense of security.

“With gusts of 90 to 110km/h and up to 80 mm of rainfall in some areas we would encourage motorists and indeed all road users to be on their guard and adopt a cautious attitude to protect themselves’ and others. We would encourage motorists to be ever mindful of fellow road users, especially more vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians,” she said.

She said motorists should slow down and leave more distance than usual between vehicles.

In the unfortunate event of being involved in a collision, it’s better to be prepared.

After attending to any personal injuries and calling emergency services where required, she advised that motorists should record any damage caused on camera or video recorder, including positioning of all vehicles; exchange insurance details, which is obligatory, if another vehicle is involved, and contact your broker/insurer as soon as possible.

“Don’t begin any work without the approval of your insurance company but if you must, record before making any adjustments,” she advised.

Ms Shannon said in the event of flooding buildings and contents insurance usually covers damage caused by flooding. If possible, don’t throw anything out before it is seen by an assessor. At the very least photograph it before disposal.

She said “February last year was the wettest February in over 50 years with 252pc of normal rain falling with 16 of Met Éireann’s core network of 25 stations recording their wettest February on record. People need to be more alert than ever to the dangers posed by sudden changes in weather patterns”.

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Further information:  Cathie Shannon, Director of General Insurance, Brokers Ireland  Tel: 086 7953848


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