Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2002] All ER (D) 125 (Oct)
Court: Court of Appeal, Civil Division

Thorpe, May LJJ and Bodey J

Representation Nicholas Hillier (instructed by Slee Blackwell, Exeter) for the claimant.
  Graham Ekland QC (instructed by Veitch Penny, Exeter) for the defendant.
Judgment Dates: 9 October 2002


Negligence - Contributory negligence - Collision between vehicles on road - Traffic lights - Collision with emergency vehicle - Claimant driving across junction with lights green in his favour and colliding with fire engine - Claimant not looking left or right before crossing junction - Whether claimant contributorily negligent.

The Case

Where the claimant had collided with a fire engine whilst crossing a junction when the lights were green in his favour, it was held on appeal that, in the circumstances, he had been 20% contributorily negligent, in that he had not looked to his right before attempting to cross the junction.

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