Torts Keyed to Franklin
Bethel v. New York City Transit Authority
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Plaintiff was injured while riding Defendant’s bus when a wheelchair-accessible chair collapsed. Plaintiff sued Defendant for negligence. The judge instructed the jury that common carriers, such as Defendant, have a duty to use the highest degree of care that human prudence and foresight can suggest in maintaining its vehicles and equipment. The jury found for Plaintiff and Defendant appealed, arguing that a common carrier’s duty of extraordinary care was at odds with the concept of negligence in torts.
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