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Wells v Council of the City of Orange (No 2) [2017] NSWSC 510

TORTS – negligence – motor vehicle accident – motorcycle colliding with water-filled barrier at night – duty of care – breach of duty – standard of liability – whether using water-filled barrier manifestly unreasonable – expert evidence – whether failure to comply with Australian Standard determinative – Civil Liability Act 2002 ss 5B, 5D, 5R, 43A, 50, 54 – breach of duty and causation not established – s 43A defence established – s 54 defence established – verdict for defendant.

Oz standards not dispositive

Harrington Estates (NSW) Pty Ltd t/as Harrington Grove Country Club v Turner [2016] NSWCA 369
NEGLIGENCE – liability of occupier – liability of landscape architect – patron injured as stepped into garden bed in Club car park – true depth of garden bed obscured by vegetation – primary judge found Club liable but architect not liable – both Club and architect liable for patron’s injury – no appellate interference with assessment of contributory negligence – statutory contribution between Club and architect 75% : 25%

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Administrative law: The role of a medical assessor

AAI Limited v State Insurance Regulatory Authority of New South Wales (formerly the Motor Accidents Authority of New South Wales) [2016] NSWCA 368

On its proper construction the MAC Act does not require a medical assessor to make a determination as to what elements of an incident involving a motor vehicle during which a person was injured was a “motor accident” within the meaning of s 3 of the MAC Act: [7], [123], [159], [197].

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Workers compensation insurer entitled to recover payments from a blameless motor accident insurer

State of NSW v Wenham [2016] NSWCA 336

The appellant was the employer of Ms Goddard. Ms Goddard was driving behind a truck driven by the first respondent and owned by the second respondent. A wheel assembly disconnected from the truck, collided with the vehicle Ms Goddard was driving, and caused her injury.

The respondents conceded that the accident satisfied the definition of a “blameless motor accident” contained in s 7A of the Motor Accidents Compensation Act 1999 (NSW) (MACA). Section 7B of the MACA relevantly provides:

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Rider cannot sue owner for "blameless motor accident"

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