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Davison v. Snohomish County

Supreme Court of Washington
270 P. 422 (1928)


Facts

Davison (plaintiff) was driving toward the city of Snohomish when he crossed a bridge at a low rate of speed. Davison lost control and his car skidded and struck a railing on the outer edge of the bridge. Davison’s car broke through the railing and fell to the ground. Davison and another plaintiff suffered severe injuries and damage to the car. Davison sued Snohomish County (the County) (defendant) for negligence. The County pleaded that Davison was guilty of contributory negligence. The trial resulted in a verdict for Davison and the other plaintiff. The County moved for judgment notwithstanding the verdict and for a new trial. Both motions were denied. The County appealed the judgment to the Supreme Court of Washington.

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