The Rogak Report: 13 Dec 2012 Rear End Collisions
- NOT EVERY HIT IN THE REAR QUALIFIES FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT, HOLDS APPELLATE DIVISION
Hernandez v Advance Tr. Co., Inc. 2012 NY Slip Op 08634 Decided on December 13, 2012 Appellate Division, First Department Edited by Lawrence N. Rogak
In this action for personal injuries allegedly suffered by plaintiff while she was a passenger in a vehicle owned by defendant Advance and operated by defendant Lopez when it was rear-ended by a vehicle driven by defendant Joseph DiGerardo, Jr., the motion court properly denied summary judgment to defendants Advance and Lopez.
Although a rear-end collision with a stopped vehicle creates a presumption of negligence on the part of the operator of the moving vehicle(see Berger v New York City Hous. Auth., 82 AD3d 531 [1st Dept 2011]),summary judgment is not warranted where, as here, there are questions of fact as to whether the stopped vehicle was the proximate cause of the accident.
There is evidence indicating that defendant Lopez's vehicle "suddenly swerved from the extreme right lane to the far left lane (across two lanes of traffic) and suddenly stopped short" just prior to the collision.