Thursday 22 March 2018

Man settles action after roadworks accident

Tim Healy

A MAN has settled a High Court action for damages over an accident he claimed was caused by loose chippings from road improvement works.

Declan Reilly (39) was left with severe spinal injuries when his car allegedly skidded on the chippings and went down a 15-foot embankment on September 13, 2006.

Mr Reilly, of Woodview Park, Dundalk, Co Louth, sued Louth County Council for allegedly leaving a road in a dangerous condition where resurfacing works had been carried out.

It was alleged that, among a number of failures, the council did not provide effective precautions, fencing off or markings on the Dundalk-Carrickmacross Road at Red Bog.

It was claimed that by the next day "a blizzard" of warning signs had been put up.

The council denied it was responsible for the accident and pleaded contributory negligence, including that Mr Reilly drove at excessive speed.

The case opened last week before Mr Justice Gerard Hogan who was told yesterday that, following talks, the case had been settled. No details of the settlement were given.

Irish Independent

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