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Teply v. Lincoln

874 P.2d 584 (1994)

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Teply v. Lincoln

Idaho Court of Appeals

874 P.2d 584 (1994)

Facts

Douglas Lincoln (defendant) had a two-wheel drive pickup truck with new tires and in excellent condition. Due to wintry weather, Lincoln placed weights in the back of the truck to weigh down the bed and drove from Lewiston to New Meadows. Although the roads were fairly clear when Lincoln started the drive, a light snow fell and caused the road to be slick. Without warning, the truck’s rear tires lost traction and Lincoln slid to the left side of the road. Lincoln tried to steer out of the skid, but his truck hit an oncoming vehicle driven by Louis Teply (plaintiff). Teply and his family were injured in the crash and sued Lincoln. Teply asserted that Lincoln was negligent per se because Lincoln violated the law that required drivers to drive their vehicles on the right-hand side of the road. The jury returned a verdict in favor of Lincoln, and Teply appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Walters, C.J.)

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