Woman in horrific crash receives €3m
A WOMAN whose dream of becoming a teacher was dashed when she suffered brain damage in a car crash has settled her damages claim for €3m.
Rhona Murphy was a 20-year-old honours university student when she was a passenger in a car that was involved in a collision on the Galway to Headford Road in Co Galway in 1999.
The High Court heard she was lucky to survive the crash, but was unable to complete her studies.
Ms Murphy, of Newcastle, Co Galway, had sued the driver of the car as a result of the accident on February 7, 1999, when it was claimed that owing to the driver's negligence in overtaking another car on its left hand side, the vehicle went out of control and collided with another travelling in the opposite direction.
It was claimed the driver was driving at a speed which was excessive, overtook on the inside when it was unsafe and dangerous to do so and was driving in a reckless, dangerous or careless manner.
Ms Murphy's counsel, Liam Reidy, said she had suffered a profound head injury and was lucky to have survived the accident.
Her father, a taxi driver, had given up work to care for her and her two sisters.
Mr Reidy said his client has challenges in relation to her memory and balance and has to take heavy medication.
Ms Justice Mary Irvine said it was a very complex case as contributory negligence would arise in relation to the accident as to whether Ms Murphy was wearing a seatlbelt at the time of the accident, along with the issue of getting into a car with somebody who had consumed quite a lot of alcohol.
The judge said €3m was a very good offer.