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Posted by: Tanja Trezise on May 12, 2015

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

William A. Hotz and Jeffrey H. Glaspie, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Dana A. Daniels.

Attorneys 2:

Beverly D. Nelms, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Keith Norris.

Judge(s): FRIERSON

This case involves an automobile accident in which the plaintiff?s vehicle was struck by an oncoming pick-up truck when the truck?s driver attempted to turn left in front of the plaintiff?s vehicle. The plaintiff suffered injuries to her neck and back, as well as significant damage to her vehicle. The plaintiff brought this action, alleging negligence against the driver of the truck and negligent entrustment against the truck?s owner, who was the defendant driver?s brother-in-law. The plaintiff also alleged that the truck?s owner was vicariously liable for damages under the family purpose doctrine. The driver of the truck was never successfully served with process and is not a party to this appeal. The defendant owner of the truck filed a motion for summary judgment. Following a hearing, the trial court granted summary judgment in favor of the defendant owner. The plaintiff appeals. Discerning no reversible error, we affirm.