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Obvious risk September 3, 2015

TORTS – negligence – duty of care – public authority –breach of duty – where plaintiff cyclist seriously injured when she fell over low guard rails of wooden bridge after the front wheel of her bicycle became stuck in a gap between the planks of the bridge – whether primary judge correctly identified risk of harm for the purposes of s 5B, Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW)

TORTS – negligence – duty of care – whether risk of harm that materialised an “obvious risk” within Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW), s 5F(1) such that public authority did not owe plaintiff duty of care to warn of it –whether public authority required to establish plaintiff voluntarily assumed obvious risk before Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW), s 5H applied
TORTS – negligence – whether erection of warning sign involved exercise of a “special statutory power” for purposes of Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW), s 43A
TORTS – negligence – breach of duty – standard of liability – Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW), s 43A – whether failure to erect sign warning cyclists of danger bridge posed an omission no public authority could properly consider a reasonable exercise of its power
TORTS – negligence – breach of duty – whether public authority had actual knowledge of risk bridge posed to cyclists
TORTS – negligence – breach of duty – s 42(b), CLA –whether plaintiff’s contention public authority breached duty of care in not taking other precautions in relation to the bridge surface a challenge to public authority’s general allocation of resources

Collins v Clarence Valley Council [2015] NSWCA 263

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