77 N.Y. 83, Ring v. City of Cohoes

Citation:77 N.Y. 83
Party Name:GEORGE W. RING, Respondent, v. THE CITY OF COHOES, Appellant.
Case Date:April 15, 1879
Court:New York Court of Appeals
 
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77 N.Y. 83

GEORGE W. RING, Respondent,

v.

THE CITY OF COHOES, Appellant.

New York Court of Appeal

April 15, 1879

Argued Apr. 8, 1879.

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COUNSEL

Samuel Hand, for appellant. The so called negligent acts of defendant alleged by plaintiff and found by the referee were too remotely connected, if at all, with the accident, to have caused or contributed to it in a legal sense. ( Marble v. City of Worcester, 4 Gray, 395; Hudson R. R. Co. v. Mott, 1 Robt., 585; Shear. & Red. on Neg., 39; Wilson v. Susquehanna Turnpike Co., 21 Barb., 68; Austin v. N. J. Steamboat Co., 47 N.Y. 75; Lauven v. Gaslight Co., 44 Id., 459; Bemis v. Arlington, 114 Mass., 509; Macomber v. Taunton, 100 Id., 255; Young v. Yarmouth, 9 Gray, 386; Dougan v. Champlain Co., 56 N.Y. 1; City of Lansing v. Toolan, Alb. Law Jour., Sept. 8, 1877, p. 164; Kavanagh v. Brooklyn, 38 Barb., 232; Mills v. Brooklyn, 32 N.Y. 489; Wilson v. Mayor, 1 Den., 595; Cole v. Medina, 27 Barb., 218; Lynch v. Mayor of N.Y. Ct. of App., 1879.) Even if there was a defect in the highway, plaintiff cannot recover if the accident was occasioned by his furious and careless driving. ( Moulton v. Sandford, 51 Maine, 127; Davis v. Dudley, 4 Allen, 558; Murdock v. Warwick, 4 Gray, 178; Nixon v. Lowell, 13 Id., 59; Fogg v. Nahant, 98 Mass., 678; S. C., 106 Id., 278; Horton v. Taunton, 97 Id., 266, n.; Titus v. Northbridge, Id., 258; Adams v. Carlisle, 21 Pick., 146; Lane v. Crumbie, 12 Pick., 177; Perkins v. Fayette, 68 Maine, 152; Anderson v. Bath, 42 Id., 346; Moore v. Abbott, 32 Id., 46; Coombs v. Topsham, 38 Id., 204; Houfe v. Fulton, 29 Wisc., 296; Dreher v. Fitchburg, 22 Id., 675; 67 N.Y. 602; 4 Allen, 558-560; Nichols v. Athens, 66 Maine, 402; Moulton v. Town of Sandford,

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51 Id., 127; Titus v. Northbridge, 97 Mass., 266; 4 Gray, 178.)

Nathaniel C. Moak, for respondent. The defendant was guilty of such negligence as rendered it liable for injuries resulting from the defective condition of the street. ( Chicago v. Brophy, 2 L. & Eq. R., 224; Macauley v. The Mayor, 67 N.Y. 602; Kennedy v. The Mayor, 17 Alb. L. J., 454; 6 N.Y. W'kly Dig., 540; Titus v. Inhabitants, etc., 97 Mass., 258; Stone v. Hubbardston, 100 Id., 54, 55; Nichols v. Town of Brunswick, 3 Cliff., 81; Toms v. Whitby, 37 U. C. [ Q. B.] R., 107; 35 Id., 226; Baldwin v. Turnpike Co., 40 Conn., 236; 13 Am. Law Reg. [ N. S.], 430; House v. Fulton, 29 Wis., 306, 307; Hall v. City of Kansas, 54 Mo., 601.) Even if the driver had lost control of his horse, defendant is liable if the defect in the street was the immediate cause of the injury. ( Baldwin v. Greenwood Turnpike Co., 40 Conn., 238-245; Hunt v. Pownal, 9 Vt., 411; Lower Macungie Township v. Merkhoffer, 71 Penn. St. R., 276; Hey v. City of Phila., 81 Id., 44; Newlen Town. v. Davis, 1 W'kly Notes, 211; Pittsburgh v. Grier, 10 Harris, 54; Scott v. Hunter, 10 Wright, 194; Sherwood v. City of Hamilton, 37 Upper Can. [ Q. B.], 410; Tuff v. Warman, 2 C. B. [ N. S.], 740; 5 Id., 573; Witherly v. Regent's Canal Co., 12 Id., 2; Gee v. Metro. R. W. Co., L. R., 8 [Q. B.], 161; Bradley v. Brown, 32 U. C. R., 403; Toms et ux. v. Whitby, 37 Id., 100; Moore v. Inhabitants, etc., 32 Maine, 46; Farrar v. Inhabitants, etc., Id., 574; Coombs v. Inhabitants, etc., 38 Id., 204; Anderson v. City of Bath, 42 Id., 346...

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