A car accident compensation case that left a woman involved in a road traffic collision “partially incapacitated” has seen a settlement approved.
Fianna Fáil TD Niamh Smyth, aged 41, submitted the car accident compensation claim against another driver, Max Mulpeter, in relation to the accident that occurred in 2013. Ms Smythinfmred the Judge that she was left with “serious personal injuries” as a result of the crash and her car was written off.
Mr Mulpeter, a 26-year-old construction worker, Mr Mulpeter admitted full responsibility for the car crash that happened at Carrickboy, Co Longford, in November 2013.
Ms Smyth had been travelling along the main road in her car and had the right of way when the car crash occurred. In the crash she suffered facial scarring and a deep cut on the left side of her forehead. The cause of the crash was described as Mr Mulpeter pulling out too far while emerging from a secondary road.
The case was expected to go to a full trial but the Court was informed beforehand that a compensation settlement agreement had been possible. Due to this the issue was deemed settled and struck out by the High Court.
The precise figure in the compensation settlement was not made public initially and Ms Smyth said that stipulation of the settlement that the amount was to be confidential between the parties. Mr Mulpeter also opted to make no reference or comment in relation to the car accident compensation settlement.
However, the Irish Independent reported that Mr Mulpeter’s insurers, Asgard, cost in relation to the accident are around €184,000 – a figure which takes in to account third-party property damage and personal injury, Ms Smyth’s legal expenses and the insurance company’s legal and administrative costs.
Previously, Mr Mulpeter had been convicted of careless driving and fined €250 by the District Court. He now live in Australia .
Ms Smyth issued a statement on the car crash compensation action which said: “In my case, liability was accepted by the driver and his insurance company. He was convicted of careless driving.”