Four family members face costs of up to €100k after damages claim thrown out.

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Four family members face costs of up to €100k after damages claim thrown out.  Four passengers who claimed to have been injured in what was described as a low impact accident have each had their €60,000 damages claim thrown out with costs against them. All four face costs bill of up to €25,000 each.  Barrister for the defendant challenged all four on the extent of their alleged injuries arising from such a low impact collision.  Each of them denied having known anything about another car allegedly having been driven up and down the side of the rank until they had got inside their hired taxi.And they denied any knowledge of one of their foursomes having made a phone call just before they got into their taxi which, the defendants claimed, had followed them and had speeded up to run into the back of them. In cross-examination one of the Plaintiffs said it was possible the driver of the car behind them had accidentally hit one of the wrong pedals in his car and had speeded into them. She told Judge O’Connor that such an accident had happened to her some years ago when learning to drive and she had demolished the front porch at her home. Judge O’Connor, dismissing all their cases, said it was important to point out that no-one was on trial in the criminal court sense of a case. He said the Plaintiff had given contradictory evidence in relation to her injuries and, while he accepted, she had some memory loss the court was satisfied she had not suffered any injury because of the accident.  Judge O’Connor said that in relation to one of the other Plaintiffs the court was satisfied he was not truthful and had not suffered any injury. His evidence had been evasive, and the court did not go any further than stating that he had not suffered any injury. He said that in relation to the third Plaintiff he was satisfied she had not suffered an injury and he accepted the evidence of the defendant taxi driver as having been truthful. “It is a matter for the plaintiffs to prove their case and the court accepts that despite the acknowledgement of the incident they have not done so and I dismiss the cases with costs,” Judge O’Connor said.