Pedersen v. Kuhr, No. 55087

CourtUnited States State Supreme Court of Iowa
Writing for the CourtHeard before MOORE; HARRIS
Citation201 N.W.2d 711
Decision Date18 October 1972
Docket NumberNo. 55087
PartiesLouis PEDERSEN, Jr., Appellee, v. Terry Lynn KUHR et al., Appellants.

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201 N.W.2d 711
Louis PEDERSEN, Jr., Appellee,
v.
Terry Lynn KUHR et al., Appellants.
No. 55087.
Supreme Court of Iowa.
Oct. 18, 1972.

Raun, Franck, Mundt & Nepper, Denison, for appellants.

Jones, Cambridge, Carl & Feilmeyer, Atlantic, for appellee.

Heard before MOORE, C.J., and UHLENHOPP, REYNOLDSON, HARRIS, and McCORMICK, JJ.

HARRIS, Justice.

This action arose from a motor vehicle collision. At the close of all evidence the trial court directed a verdict in favor of plaintiff on his claim and against defendants on their counterclaim. We reverse.

'In considering the propriety of a motion for directed verdict the court views the evidence in the light most favorable to the party against whom the motion was

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made.' Rule 344(f)(2), Rules of Civil Procedure.

Driving his truck at 45 to 50 miles per hour, plaintiff proceeded north on a gravel road toward an intersection with a dirt road. Traffic entering the intersection from the dirt road was controlled by a stop sign. The defendant, Terry Lynn Kuhr, as employee of the defendants Francis Wise, George Wise and Paul Wise was driving a farm tractor pulling a loaded feed-wagon east on the dirt road toward the same intersection. Driving was very hazardous by reason of extremely icy conditions.

Kuhr's eastbound approach to the intersection was up a steep incline. Upon this approach the topography allows good visibility toward the north but severely limited visibility toward the south. Kuhr had to be at or in the intersection itself in order to see traffic coming from the south. Northbound traffic approaching the intersection on the gravel road has approximately 400 feet of visibility to the intersection.

Upon arriving at the intersection Kuhr stood up on his tractor, looked both ways, and kept going at a speed of approximately five miles per hour. He did not stop at the stop sign but looked both ways again as he passed it. It was not until he got halfway through the intersection and again looked north and south that he saw the truck coming over the hill. He was still standing at the time. His efforts to get the feed-wagon off the road were unsuccessful although he was past the center of the intersection at the time of the collision. Plaintiff stepped on his brakes some 150 feet from the intersection but slid on the ice the rest of the way sideways without slowing down. The impact was approximately in the center of the east-west roadway but mostly in the west half of the north-south roadway. There was no dispute as to the damages to either vehicle.

Plaintiff brought this action for damages to his truck. Defendant-owners counterclaimed for damages to their tractor and feed-wagon. In defending both parties asserted the affirmative defense of contributory negligence.

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  • Pose v. Roosevelt Hotel Co., No. 55258
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Iowa
    • May 23, 1973
    ...and considered together would not have the claimed effect. The assignment is without merit. In this connection see Pedersen v. Kuhr, 201 N.W.2d 711, 713 (Iowa 1973), where this court approved and quoted comment (a) following section 431, Restatement, Second, Torts, which defines legal cause......
  • Gerst v. Marshall, No. 95-499
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Iowa
    • June 19, 1996
    ...to the Restatement as the law in Iowa in several cases. E.g., Winter v. Honeggers' & Co., 215 N.W.2d 316, 320 (1974); Pedersen v. Kuhr, 201 N.W.2d 711, 713 (Iowa 1972); Federated Mut. Implement & Hardware Ins. Co. v. Dunkelberger, 172 N.W.2d 137, 144 (1969), Page 817 overruled on other grou......
  • Robinson v. Perpetual Services Corp., IOWA-NEBRASKA
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Iowa
    • September 23, 1987
    ..."using that word in the popular sense, in which there always lurks the idea of responsibility." Id. at 865 (quoting Pedersen v. Kuhr, 201 N.W.2d 711, 713 (Iowa We find Iowa-Nebraska's challenge to plaintiffs' damage award is without merit. II. Iowa-Nebraska next contends trial court should ......
  • Johnson v. Junkmann, No. 85-1556
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Iowa
    • November 12, 1986
    ...cause of Johnson's injuries. We disagree. The classic formulation of proximate cause under Iowa law is found in Pedersen v. Kuhr, 201 N.W.2d 711 (Iowa 1972) where we In order to be a [proximate] cause of another's harm, it is not enough that the harm would not have occurred had the actor no......
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  • Pose v. Roosevelt Hotel Co., No. 55258
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Iowa
    • May 23, 1973
    ...and considered together would not have the claimed effect. The assignment is without merit. In this connection see Pedersen v. Kuhr, 201 N.W.2d 711, 713 (Iowa 1973), where this court approved and quoted comment (a) following section 431, Restatement, Second, Torts, which defines legal cause......
  • Gerst v. Marshall, No. 95-499
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Iowa
    • June 19, 1996
    ...to the Restatement as the law in Iowa in several cases. E.g., Winter v. Honeggers' & Co., 215 N.W.2d 316, 320 (1974); Pedersen v. Kuhr, 201 N.W.2d 711, 713 (Iowa 1972); Federated Mut. Implement & Hardware Ins. Co. v. Dunkelberger, 172 N.W.2d 137, 144 (1969), Page 817 overruled on other grou......
  • Robinson v. Perpetual Services Corp., IOWA-NEBRASKA
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Iowa
    • September 23, 1987
    ..."using that word in the popular sense, in which there always lurks the idea of responsibility." Id. at 865 (quoting Pedersen v. Kuhr, 201 N.W.2d 711, 713 (Iowa We find Iowa-Nebraska's challenge to plaintiffs' damage award is without merit. II. Iowa-Nebraska next contends trial court should ......
  • Johnson v. Junkmann, No. 85-1556
    • United States
    • United States State Supreme Court of Iowa
    • November 12, 1986
    ...cause of Johnson's injuries. We disagree. The classic formulation of proximate cause under Iowa law is found in Pedersen v. Kuhr, 201 N.W.2d 711 (Iowa 1972) where we In order to be a [proximate] cause of another's harm, it is not enough that the harm would not have occurred had the actor no......
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