The Second Department, reversing Supreme Court, determined there were questions of fact whether the driver of the bus negligent in closing the door on plaintiff’s hand and in failing to open the door to release plaintiff’s hand:
A “defendant moving for summary judgment in a negligence action has the burden of establishing, prima facie, that he or she was not at fault in the happening of the subject accident” … . “There can be more than one proximate cause of an accident” …, and “[g]enerally, it is for the trier of fact to determine the issue of proximate cause” … .
Here, the defendants failed to establish their prima facie entitlement to judgment as a matter of law dismissing the complaint … . The evidence submitted in support of the motion failed to eliminate all triable issues of fact as to whether [the driver] negligently closed the doors as the plaintiff was attempting to board the bus, and negligently failed to reopen the doors and release the plaintiff’s hand after it became trapped. John v Dobson, 2022 NY Slip Op 05029, Second Dept 8-24-22
Practice Point: Plaintiff’s hand was caught in the closed door of the defendants’ bus. There were questions of fact whether the driver was negligent in closing the door on plaintiff’s hand and failing to open the door to release plaintiff’s hand.