Adams v. Bullock

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Definition: Adams v. Bullock

Adams v. Bullock

Full Definition of Adams v. Bullock

Adams v. Bullock, 125 N.E. 93 (N.Y. 1919), is a classic torts case helping to define reasonable care and foreseeable risk.

Summary of Case Facts

Plaintiff was walking across the defendants trolley line on a bridge when he was swinging a wire that came into contact with the trolley wire and was shocked and injured.


Whether the defendant in reasonable care and foresight should have abandoned the overhead system?

Holding and Law

There is no evidence that the defendant did not adopt all reasonable precautions to minimize injury. Defendant was in lawful exercise of his franchise & the plaintiff was found to not be exercising ordinary care. To hold the defendant liable would be treating him as insurer. Defendant should be held to anticipate was it usual rather than what is exceptional.

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Definition Sources

Definitions for Adams v. Bullock are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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