Liability: Responsible at Any Speed?

Whipping along an Indiana highway at about 115 m.p.h., Michael Bigham's 1960 Chevrolet Impala smashed into the rear of a car going 55. Since Bigham was clearly liable for the accident, his insurance company settled with the injured driver and passengers in the other car. But one passenger was not satisfied. Contending that the manufacturer "should have foreseen that the auto mobile would, in fact, be driven at excessive and unlawful speed to the risk of the public," Philip Michael Schemel sued General Motors on the un usual ground of negligence in...

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