Category Archives: Road Safety

Boy knocked down at level crossing settles case for €100,000

A schoolboy who was knocked down as he walked across a level crossing at a retail park with his father has settled his High Court case for €100,000.

Dylan Duffy's counsel, Vincent Foley SC, told the High Court the car drove "straight through" the zebra crossing at Carrickmines Retail Park, Co Dublin.

The boy, who was seven years old at the time, was knocked unconscious, Counsel said.

Counsel said while the boy regained consciousness quickly, he remained confused for the next 24 hours, and that Dylan was taken to hospital but he did not suffer any brain injury and remained in hospital for a few days.

Counsel said the boy suffered a fracture to his collarbone...

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Duffy says he regrets being involved in road collisions

Presidential candidate Gavin Duffy has said he regrets being involved in a number of car collisions, particularly one in 1993 when he was 33. By that stage in his life, he said, he was married and should have matured. Mr Duffy was previously involved in a collision in 1978, where a woman was seriously injured. Although he said it did not excuse his actions, he said that as a much younger man working in pirate radio, he probably did not have the respect for the law that he should have had. However, he stressed that he has "always put my hand up and apologised" for wrongdoing and said he lives with it all the time. If you have been the victim of a road traffic accident, we are here to help. Please visit our Read more

Dublin girl, 14, knocked down while crossing road gets €47,500 settlement

A 14-year-old girl who was injured when she was knocked down as she attempted to cross a road near her home after buying an ice cream has settled her High Court case for €47,500. Shannon Whelan Loy suffered a fracture to her leg in the accident. Shannon (14), St Lawrence’s Terrace, Howth, Co Dublin had through her mother Catherine Whelan sued the driver of the car Krystian Kowalski with an address care of AIG Insurance company, North Wall IFSC, Dublin as a result of the accident on September 30, 2014 at Birchdale, Kinsealy. It was claimed the driver failed to have any or any due regard to pedestrian traffic which was likely to be at or on the road and there was an alleged failure to observe the presence of the ice cream...
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Pedestrian killed after being struck by truck

A woman pedestrian in her 70s has died after being struck by a truck in Co Monaghan. The collision happened at around midday on Main Street in Carrickmacross. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Her body was removed to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, where a post-mortem examination will take place. Diversions are in place and the road will remain closed for technical examination by Forensic Collision Investigators at scene. Gardaí are appealing to witnesses to contact Carrickmacross Garda Station on 042 9690190, the Garda Confidential Line 1800-666-111 or any garda station. If you have been affected by the issues raised in this story, please visit our Personal Injury Claims page. Source: RTE...
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Suge Knight admits manslaughter over fatal confrontation

Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight has pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter after he ran over two men, killing one, nearly four years ago. The Death Row Records co-founder entered the plea on Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court and has agreed to serve 28 years in prison. Knight was charged with murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run after fleeing the scene of an altercation in January 2015 outside a Compton burger stand. Knight and a consultant on the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton were involved in a fistfight that ended with Knight clipping the man with his pick-up truck and running over businessman Terry Carter, who died from his injuries. Knight’s lawyers have said he was acting in self-defence and was fleeing armed attackers when he ran over Carter and Sloan. During Thursday’s hearing,...
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Inquest hears three generations of family killed in ‘horror’ crash in Mayo

A jury has returned verdicts of accidental death at inquest arising from a car crash that claimed the lives of three generations of the same family in Co Mayo last year. Mary Ann Wilson, 67, her 39-year-old daughter, Marcella, and her six-year-old son, Sean, died when the car they were travelling in collided with a truck on the N17 outside Claremorris on 11 September 2017. All three suffered traumatic head injuries and died at the scene. One of those who saw the incident, John Fallon from Ballindine, said "everything happened in an instant", when he saw something impacting with the side of the truck being driven along the N17 by Mr Tierney. The car went under the truck and emerged seconds later. The inquest heard how witnesses and emergency service personnel worked to assist the occupants...
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Nine people injured in crash between school bus and car in Limerick

Nine people injured – six children, two adults and a teenager – have been taken to hospital with serious injuries following a collision between a school bus and a car in Co Limerick. The collision, which occurred at Ardvarna, Lisnagry, was reported to emergency services at 8.15am. The 28-seater bus, contracted by Bus Éireann from a private operator, and white Renault Laguna collided near a house and on a bend in the road. One of the passengers on the bus managed to exit the vehicle and run about 1.5km to a house to raise the alarm. According to reliable sources, the car ended up “pinned” between the front of the bus and a wall of a house. Two people travelling in the car were cut from the wreckage by firefighters attached to Limerick City Fire and...
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Second Tesla involved in fatal crash was in autopilot mode

US electric car maker Tesla has said that one of its vehicles was under the control of its Autopilot software when it crashed on a California highway two weeks ago, killing the driver. The disclosure on Friday marks the second confirmation in less than two weeks of a fatal accident involving a car that was effectively driving itself, following the death of a pedestrian who was struck by an Uber vehicle in Arizona. The accidents are set to become the first serious test of whether regulators have been right to release imperfect versions of driverless car technology on to public roads, even when there are people behind the wheel who are meant to take control in dangerous situations. Tesla said more lives were being saved by releasing the technology now, with Tesla cars...
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‘My arm got caught and torn off’ – cyclist coping after accident

Arm Torn Off In Accident Eamonn McSweeney looks at the helmet which is split in two. This is the helmet he wore the day he was involved in a serious cycling accident in which he lost part of his right arm.

The father of two from Churchtown, Dublin, is a keen cyclist. During a training session with his local cycling club in May 2013, he was cycling downhill when his bike slipped on gravel.

“I was coming down a hill into Tallaght from Blessington. I was coming down around the corner on my bike and I saw gravel on the road.

“Hitting gravel on a road bike is like hitting ice in a car . . . I didn’t lose the bike...

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£10,000 payout for motor cyclist injured after farmer left mud on road

A teenager who was injured when she was thrown from her motorcycle after a farmer left a country road covered in mud has been awarded £10,000 compensation. Carrie Dickinson was 16 when the accident happened just a few miles from her home in Belton nearly two years ago. She had left college early and visited her dad Garry, in nearby Epworth, before leaving to drop off her bike at her grandmother’s house about seven miles away. But mud left on the road, which is close to two local farmers’ fields, caused her wheels to lose grip and she lost control of the bike, resulting in her landing on her head and shoulder at the side of the road.
Although Miss Dickinson, now 18, was not knocked unconscious, she broke her collarbone, which...
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