A judge told a taxi driver there was enough phishing in minimal impact crashes before dismissing his claim for €60,000 in damages for aggravated assault.
Judge James O’Donohoe said he was not particularly impressed with Barry Griffin’s claim of minor impacts, similar to what happens in traffic any day of the week, reports RTE.
Mr Griffin, 37, of Raheen Park, Ballyfermot, Dublin, had sued Annette Moran, Errigal Road, Drimnagh, Dublin,, owner of a car driven by his daughter Deborah Moran, following a collision at Kylemore Road, Dublin on April 2, 2007. Continued February 2019.
Deborah Moran told the Civil Circuit Court she accepted that her car hit Mr Griffin’s car in traffic, but no vehicle was damaged and she did not hear any noise or anything. There were no injuries and Mr. Griffin told her he was fine, reports RTE.
Her sister Karen, a passenger in Moran’s car, said she was unaware of an accident until her sister cut the engine and Griffin approached them, saying that he “in anything like this before”, reports RTE.
The court heard that Mr Griffin, who was involved in another accident in 2018 less than a year before the Morans incident, claimed to have made a full recovery before the 2019 crash.
Judge O’Donohoe said it appeared he was still seeing his family doctor since the 2018 accident when the second one happened.
“I accept the evidence of Ms Moran that Mr Griffin had said at the scene he hadn’t been injured and had added he wasn’t used to this kind of thing when he clearly was,” Judge O’Donohoe said, reports RTE.
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