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Jones v. Port Authority of Allegheny County

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Brief Fact Summary.

Plaintiff was allegedly injured on the Defendant’s bus.

Synopsis of Rule of Law.

A common carrier must exercise the highest level of care to avoid being found negligent.

Points of Law - Legal Principles in this Case for Law Students.

Ligon. A trial court has broad latitude in the choice of language used in charging a jury.

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Facts.

Plaintiff was boarding the bus of the defendant when it abruptly pulled away and stopped, causing him injury to his arm.

Issue.

The substantive issue is whether a common carrier is required to exercise an elevated level of care?

Held.

Yes, while an ordinary person must only exercise reasonable care, a common carrier must exercise the highest duty of care.

Discussion.

The court reasoned that precedent clearly establishes that a common carrier is obligated to exercise more care than an ordinary person because of their unique position as professional, public-facing entities.


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