Motor Vehicle Accidents

In Cabrera v Thomas, No. 13472, 2020-04779, 29663/18E, 2021 N.Y. Slip Op. 02060, 2021 WL 1216540 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept., Apr. 01, 2021) – a case arising from a multiple-vehicle “chain reaction” car accident – the court affirmed the summary judgment dismissal in favor of the middle vehicle. From the decision: Plaintiffs sustained injuries as a…

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In Rodriguez v. Beal, 2021 NY Slip Op 01220 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Feb. 25, 2021), the court unanimously affirmed the lower court’s order granting plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment as to liability. In personal injury cases, particularly car accident cases, it is relatively rare for a plaintiff (the party claiming that they were the victim…

Read More Rear-End Car Accident Plaintiff Entitled to Summary Judgment; “Sun Glare” Was Insufficient Explanation for Accident
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In Quiros v. Hawkins, 2020 NY Slip Op 01020 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Feb. 13, 2020) – a personal injury / car accident / hit-in-the-rear case – the Appellate Division, First Department unanimously reversed the lower court’s denial of plaintiff’s motion for partial summary judgment on the issue of liability. From the decision: It is…

Read More Brake Failure Claim Insufficient to Avoid Judgment for Plaintiff in Rear-End Collision Car Accident Case
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In Serrano v. DTG Enter. Inc., 2019 NY Slip Op 03469 (App. Div. 1st Dept. May 2, 2019) – a rear-end collision car accident case – the First Department reversed the denial of plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment. From the decision: It is undisputed that Serrano made a prima facie showing that he was entitled…

Read More Plaintiff Gets Summary Judgment in Rear-End Collision Case; Lack of Turn Signal Was Irrelevant
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In Oliver v. Central Park Sightseeing, LLC, 2019 NY Slip Op 02788 (App. Div. 1st Dept. April 11, 2019), the First Department unanimously affirmed the denial of defendant’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s personal injury complaint. In this case ,plaintiff alleged that she was injured when she fell from a bicycle that she rented from the…

Read More Bicycle-Fall Lawsuit Continues; Malfunctioning Brakes Blamed
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In Castillo v. Slupecki, 2019 NY Slip Op 29033 (Sup. Ct. Bronx Cty. Feb. 8, 2019), the court held (upon reargument) that plaintiff – who seeks damages for injuries sustained as a result of a “pedestrian-knockdown” car accident – was free from comparative fault as a matter of law. The court had previously granted plaintiff summary judgment…

Read More Pedestrian Knockdown Plaintiff Was Free From Comparative Fault as a Matter of Law, Court Holds
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In Barracato v. SP Plus Corp., 2019 NY Slip Op 00698 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Jan. 31, 2019), a personal injury motor vehicle accident case, the First Department unanimously affirmed the lower court’s decision denying defendants’ motion for summary judgment. In sum, plaintiff was unloading merchandise from the drivers’ side of his truck on a a two…

Read More Should’ve Honked: Plaintiff Overcomes Summary Judgment in Accident Case
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In Vasquez-Santos v. Mathew, 2019 NY Slip Op 00541 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Jan. 24, 2019), a car accident personal injury case, the court ruled on an increasingly-prevalent issue in litigation: the extent to which a plaintiff’s social media posts are discoverable by the other side. Plaintiff, a formerly semi-professional basketball player, sued after sustaining injuries in…

Read More Defendant Entitled to Social Media Discovery in Auto Accident Case
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From Franco v. City of New York, 2019 NY Slip Op 00377 (App. Div. 1st Dept. Jan. 22, 2019): Plaintiff established entitlement to judgment as a matter of law in this action where he was injured when defendants’ tow truck was left unattended by its driver, defendant Millar, and rolled backwards into plaintiff’s car, which was…

Read More Plaintiff Entitled to Judgment in Rolling Tow Truck Case; Alleged Mechanical Failure Did Not Raise Issue of Fact
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