Sunday 25 September 2016

Man allegedly hit by truck while pushing his out-of-fuel car on motorway hard shoulder settles action for damages

Published 26/02/2016 | 16:16

Richard Roche-Garland, of Stackallen, Co. Meath pictured arriving at the Four Courts. Photo: Courts Collins
Richard Roche-Garland, of Stackallen, Co. Meath pictured arriving at the Four Courts. Photo: Courts Collins

A MAN seriously injured when allegedly hit by an articulated lorry while pushing his car on the hard shoulder of a motorway has settled his High Court action for damages.

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Richard Roche-Garland (42), French Lane, Stackallen, Co Meath, was pushing the car, which had run out of fuel, towards a safer spot when he was struck, the court heard.

Mr Roche-Garland, who was a self-employed seaweed spa bath products supplier, sued the truck owners, Furniture Link International, of Dundalk, Co Louth, and its driver Larry Hoey.

The defendants denied the claims and said he stepped into the lorry's path as he attempted to open the door of his car at the driver's side on the hard shoulder.

They claimed he did something inherently risky and did not comply with the highway code of getting out of the car and staying on the motorway embankment while he phoned for and awaited assistance.

The accident happened just after lunchtime on May 4, 2012, on the M6 near Kilbeggan, Co Westmeath.

Mr Roche-Garland said he spent six weeks in hospital having suffered severe injuries including to both his legs, his shoulder and head.

He returned to work selling his product at fairs and events around Ireland with the help of his wife but had to eventually give it up because of his injuries.

The case was due to resume Friday (Feb 26) when Mr Justice Michael Hanna was told the matter had been resolved and could be struck out.

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