The legal costs involved in settling motor insurance injury claims through litigation rose nearly 22% between 2015 and 2018 according to new data released by the Central Bank today.

In 2015 the total legal costs in settling such claims through the courts were €92.3m.

But by 2018 that had risen to €112.3m.

Over the same period the compensation costs involved in settling such claims increased by a third from €173m to €230m.

The increases compare with a significant reduction from €8m to €2.3m in other costs involved in settling motor injury settlement claims through litigation.

Overall the total costs involved in settling such claims through the legal system rose from €273m to €345m over the same four year period.

In comparison, the total costs of settling these claims directly increased from €98m in 2015 to €109m in 2018.

While the costs of settling claims through the Personal Injuries Assessment Board fell from nearly €58m to €49m.

In December the first National Claims Information Database report looking at motor insurance was published.

The information issued today was the data that underpinned much of that report.