Monday, June 14, 2010

Court reviews allocation of liability in an automobile accident

PAMELA C. BESS v. PROPERTIES, L.P. ET AL. (Tenn. Ct. App. June 14, 2010)

Car A was traveling north on a two-lane highway. Car B, a city police vehicle with its lights and siren on, was also traveling north on the same highway to answer a call. Car A could not pull off the road to the right to yield to Car B and instead turned left as Car B was passing. A collision ensued in which the driver of Car A suffered serious injuries. The driver of Car A sued the city. The trial court found the city 75% liable for the accident. The city appealed. We reverse the trial court's judgment, finding the driver of Car A more than 50% responsible for the accident.

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