The widow of a postman, who was knocked off his bicycle while on his post round, has settled a High Court action over his death for €250,000.

In her claims, the postman’s widow alleged that An Post failed to provide a safe system of work and failed to ensure the postman would be safe while cycling his bicycle in the course of his work. It was further alleged An Post failed to ensure he wore his helmet while cycling his bicycle in the course of his work. An Post denied the claims.

Counsel for the widow told the court the car driver had just got a mere glance of the postman as he emerged out of a road and on to the driver’s path. He hit the car and the ladder, which was on the roof. He fell from his bicycle and suffered severe brain injuries, from which he died.

Counsel also told the court that a person who witnessed the entire accident said there was nothing the driver could have done and that both the Gardai and a PSV inspector came to the same conclusion. He added that the postman was not wearing his helmet, which was in the pannier of his bicycle.

Approving the settlement, Mr Justice Kevin Cross said it was an excellent settlement. He offered his sympathy to the postman’s family. (Parker v An Post: High Court, Dublin, July 2019)