Car test centre inspector awarded €65,000 over rear-ending

Toyota that Fabian Karra was working on was hit by a Mini driven by a colleague

Fabian Karra leaving the Four Courts  after a High Court action. Photograph:  Collins Courts

Fabian Karra leaving the Four Courts after a High Court action. Photograph: Collins Courts

 

A car testing centre inspector who was rear ended while carrying out an inspection of a vehicle has been awarded €65,000 by the High Court.

Fabian Karra (34), was testing the brakes on a Toyota Avensis in the test centre at Deansgrange Business Park in Cabinteely, Dublin, on March 18th, 2014, when a Mini Cooper driven by a co-worker hit the rear of the Toyota.

Mr Karra, a native of South Africa with an address at Cianlea, Blainroe Upper, Wicklow, sued his employers, Applus Car Testing Service Ltd, Citywest Business Campus, Dublin.

He also sued the co-worker, Gill Hansi, a fellow employee of Applus.

It was claimed, among other things, there was a failure to have adequate regard for the fact the Toyota was on the “brake rollers” in the test centre, a failure to keep an adequate lookout, and failure to drive with due care. The claims were denied.

Mr Karra claimed he suffered neck, shoulder and left arm injuries as a result of the incident.

Mr Justice Michael Moriarty, who said it was an unusual incident, awarded him €65,226.

He said Mr Kappa suffered “appreciable distress” in relation to his family and work life as a result of the injuries.

The judge said the greater part of the award, €50,000, was for pain and suffering to date while he awarded €12,000 for pain and suffering into the future. The remainder was made up of agreed special damages.

The case was adjourned for a week to allow the defence consider whether to seek a stay on the award pending appeal.