Brief Fact Summary. Following a collision with the defendant, the decedent suffered head injuries causing multiple serious epileptic seizures. After several months he committed suicide.
Synopsis of Rule of Law. An intentional intervening act like suicide does not sever the causal relationship with the primary tortfeasor, when it is shown that the decedent was incapable of resisting the impulse to kill themselves as a result of the tortfeasor.
Issue. Whether the decedent’s suicide was an irresistible impulse caused by injuries he suffered due to the defendant’s negligence.
Held. An act of suicide does not preclude liability on the tortfeasor, it is not a superseding cause.
It is established that the act of suicide, as a matter of law, is not a superseding cause in negligence law precluding liability.View Full Point of Law