Chaffin v. Brame
North Carolina Supreme Court
64 S.E.2d 276 (1951)
Chaffin (plaintiff) was driving at night when Garland’s automobile approached Chaffin. Garland refused to dim his headlights, causing Chaffin to be temporarily blinded and to collide with Brame’s (defendant) truck, which was unlit and blocking the right lane. Chaffin brought a negligence claim against Brame, who argued that Chaffin was contributorily negligent as a matter of law because Chaffin was unable to stop within the range of his headlights. The trial court refused to rule that Chaffin was guilty of contributory negligence, and the jury returned a verdict in favor of Chaffin.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Ervin, J.)
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