Intervening Cause

Intervening Cause

An event which occurs between the original improper action and the injury itself. If the intervening cause is foreseeable, then the causal chain is not broken and both improper actors may remain responsible for any injuries.

  • Example : Mary exited her vehicle at night on a rural road to aid a calf that had escaped its enclosure from Carl’s farm, she was struck by John’s vehicle and died. ¬†Both Carl and John were liable for Mary’s death, even though their negligent acts occurred separately from each other.
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