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Suit alleged driver was negligent in turning ahead of blind curve
Keith Sides was traveling on Bat Cave Road. As he rounded a sharp mountain curve, he crashed into a vehicle driven by Autumn Coates, as Coates was making a left turn onto a side road. Sides alleged that Coates was negligent in attempting a left turn in an area that was inherently unsafe. Sides argued that the turn could not be done safely with the risk of traffic coming around the sharp curve immediately before the turn. Coates rejected this argument and contended that Sides had been traveling too fast for conditions as he rounded the curve. The jury found that Sides was contributorily negligent, but the parties had entered into a confidential high/low agreement, which guaranteed payment to the plaintiff.
Sides v. Coates
Buncombe County, NC
Defense claimed HVAC tech who was bitten had startled dog
Carlton F. Poston, a heating and cooling technician, was working in the home of Jack Hyatt and Beverly Hyatt when one of the couple’s dogs bit him on the hand. The wound developed medical complications that resulted in Poston eventually electing to have a surgical amputation of his middle finger and third metacarpal. Poston sued the Hyatts and claimed the bite was unprovoked. However, Beverly Hyatt, who was present at the time of the bite, claimed the bite occurred when Poston startled the dog by reaching to pet the animal. Although a Superior Court jury found that the defendants were negligent, the jury also determined that Poston contributed to the incident. As a result, a defense verdict was entered.
Poston v. Hyatt
Catawba County, NC
Agency theory against church in auto case rejected by jury
Perry Walker Durant, Jr. was operating his motorcycle on Sams Point Road. He was involved in a collision with a car driven by Melissa B. Arant. Durant filed suit against Arant and Waters Edge Lady’s Island New Mission Church d/b/a Water Edge United Methodist Church. Arant’s liability carrier settled with Durant for policy limits (unknown amount). The case proceeded against Waters Edge on an agency theory. Durant alleged that Arant was acting as a volunteer agent for the church, as she was on her way to bible school preparation on behalf of the church. The church argued that Arant was a volunteer at the time of the accident and was not acting as an agent. The jury sided with the church and a defense verdict was entered.
Durant v. Arant
Beaufort County, SC
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