Family Awarded Compensation for Fatal Car Accident in Which Son Died

A settlement of compensation for a fatal car accident in which a four-year-old child was killed has been approved after a hearing at Circuit Civil Court in Dublin.

Ciaran Treacy (4) from Portarlington in County Laois was killed in a fatal car accident when his mother´s car was involved in a head-on collision along the Portarlington to Portlaoise Road at Ballymorris.on April 17. Ciaran´s brother Sean (8) and his mother Gillian were also badly injured in the accident – Gillian being confined to a wheelchair as a result of her injuries.

The negligent driver – Finbar O´Rourke – was arrested at the scene of the accident and charged with dangerous driving causing death. Although his case is still to be heard, Ciaran´s father – Ronan – made a claim for compensation for a fatal car accident, to account for the mental distress he and his family had suffered over Ciaran´s death.

The claim was not contested and, at the Civil Circuit Court in Dublin, Mr Justice Raymond Groarke awarded the family €35,000 in compensation for a fatal car accident – the maximum which is allowed for mental distress over the loss of a loved one under Civil Liability Act 1961.

The judge heard that the settlement of compensation who be divided between the members of the family; with Ronan and Gillian Treacy each receiving €10,000; €5,000 going to each to Ciaran’s two siblings – brother, Sean, and two-year-old sister Caoimhe – with €1,250 being awarded to each of Ciaran’s maternal grandparents, Noel and Marie Ryan; and €1,250 to each to his paternal grandparents, Patrick and Mary Treacy.

Judge Groarke approved the distribution of compensation for a fatal car accident and awarded Ronan Treacy a further €8,000 towards the cost of Ciaran´s funeral. The judge expressed the court’s deep sympathy to the Treacy family for their tragic loss.