The First Department, reversing Supreme Court, determined the plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment in this rear-end traffic accident case should have been granted. Defendant did not raise a question of fact about the brake-failure allegation:
” … [D]efendants’ contention that their vehicle’s brake failure was the cause of the accident was insufficient to raise a triable issue of fact as to liability. Defendants failed to satisfy the two-pronged showing that the accident was caused by an unanticipated problem with the vehicle’s brakes, and that they exercised reasonable care to keep the brakes in good working order … .
Summary judgment in plaintiff’s favor is not premature. Both plaintiff and defendant driver had firsthand knowledge of the accident, and submitted affidavits. However, defendants did not submit any evidence concerning maintenance of their vehicle. Defendants only speculate that there may be facts supporting their opposition to plaintiff’s motion which exist but cannot yet be stated … . Quiros v Hawkins, 2020 NY Slip Op 01020, First Dept 2-13-20