Torts Keyed to Dobbs
Pipher v. Parsell
Plaintiff Pipher was a passenger in Defendant Parsell’s car along with a third person named Beisel. All three were 16 years old. As they were traveling at 55 mph, Beisel unexpectedly grabbed the steering wheel causing the truck to veer off onto the shoulder of the road. Parsell regained control but did nothing in response to Beisel’s dangerous action other than laugh about it. Thirty seconds later, Beisel again yanked the steering wheel, causing Parsell’s truck to leave the roadway, slide down the embankment, and strike a tree, injuring Pipher. She sued Parsell for negligence, the trial court granted summary judgment for Defendant, and the appellate court disagreed, finding that the issue of negligence should have been submitted to the jury.
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