Recent Cases

Ayre v Swan [2019] NSWCA 202 (16 August 2019) (Basten JA at [1]; Macfarlan JA at [56]; McCallum JA at [57])


TORTS – negligence – road accident – liability of defendant – defendant completing a right-hand turn across double on-coming lanes – visibility of plaintiff’s motorcycle blocked by car in front – plaintiff sought to overtake car at a high speed on inside lane – collided with defendant – whether defendant negligent in failing to slow down or stop – reasonableness of precautions against unseen vehicles travelling at high speeds – expectation that road users will take reasonable care for their own safety

EXPERT EVIDENCE – negligence – calculation of speed – CCTV footage of accident – failure to assess weight of expert evidence – confirmatory report not taken into account