INJURED MOTORIST CLAIMS STATE LIABLE FOR ICY HIGHWAY

This article describes a 1984 law suit concerning a citizen who sued the state of New Jersey, Passaic County, and Wayne Township after she was struck by a car after leaving her vehicle during a severe ice storm. Loretta Pico skidded on ice while driving to work the morning of January 24, 1984. After pulling off the road and exiting her car, she was struck by a car driven by Eric Waller and injured. Waller stated that his car skidded sideways because of the icy conditions. The township, the county, and the State were found immune from liability and granted a summary judgement by the court. Eric Waller was sued and a settlement was made. After several appeals, the Supreme Court of New Jersey reversed the Appellate Court's decision, stating that the State was immune from all liability, because the sole cause of the accident was the icy condition in its "natural state," and that liability of an employee's action yields to a grant of immunity (in this case the "weather immunity").

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    TranSafety, Incorporated

    Road Work Safety Report, P.O. Box 10735
    Burke, VA  United States  22009
  • Publication Date: 1991-3

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  • Pagination: 12 p.
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00607261
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 30 1991 12:00AM