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Injured taxi driver awarded €75k after two write-off crashes

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Taxi driver Dolores McMahon. Photo: www.collinsphotos.com

Taxi driver Dolores McMahon. Photo: www.collinsphotos.com

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Taxi driver Dolores McMahon. Photo: www.collinsphotos.com

A judge has praised a taxi driver who carried on working despite being injured in two road accidents.

On both occasions, the driver's taxi was written off.

Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke commended 57-year-old Dolores McMahon for continuing to work despite being in pain.

He awarded her €75,000 damages for injuries, loss of earnings and compensation for the written-off taxis.

Ms McMahon, of Betaghstown Wood, Bettystown, Co Meath, suffered neck and shoulder injuries in the first accident, in 2014, and back injuries in the second, in 2016.

In both cases, the other driver cut across the path of her taxi, the Circuit Civil Court was told.

Liability had been conceded and the court was being asked to assess damages.

Judge Groarke said that after each accident, Ms McMahon got on with her taxi driving, despite being nervous about it.

Ms McMahon sued Arthur Ryan, of Rathbeale Road, Swords, and Martin Mann, of Hampton Street, Balbriggan, after the accidents in Santry and Swords.

Traumatised

She said she suffered neck and shoulder injuries in the first accident, and that these were exacerbated by the second, in which she suffered back injuries.

Judge Groarke awarded Ms McMahon €46,468 for personal injuries, loss of earnings, car replacement and special damages arising out of the first accident.

He awarded her €28,444 combined damages in relation to the second.

The judge said Ms McMahon had suffered a huge amount as a result of the accidents, and remained traumatised after them.

He said Ms McMahon loved her job and had returned to work as quickly as possible, continued to work, and had no intention of giving up.

"This is a lady who was very genuinely and very badly affected psychologically and has suffered quite extensive physical injuries," said Judge Groarke.

He said Ms McMahon had faced an ongoing regime of appointments with specialists in respect of the physical and traumatic consequences of the two accidents.

He said both were frightening episodes she could have done without.