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Q:
If a traffic light governing an intersection isn't working, does that mean that New York City or the municipality can automatically be held liable in negligence for my accident under New York law?

A:
The short answer to this question is no - the fact that the intersection has a malfunctioning traffic control device does not equal automatic liabilty for the City of New York or a municipality responsible for that device. For additional information on this topic, please see "Why a Malfunctioning Traffic Signal Alone Isn't Enough to Hold NYC Liable in Negligence."