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Tort Cases: Bourhill v Young [1943] AC 92

The claimant was a pregnant woman. She got off a tram and as she reached to get her basket off the tram, the defendant drove his motorcycle past the tram at excessive speed and collided with a car 50 feet away from where the claimant was standing. The defendant was killed by the impact. The claimant heard the collision but did not see it. A short time later, the claimant walked past where the incident occurred. The body had been removed but there was a lot of blood on the road. The claimant went into shock and her baby was stillborn. She brought a negligence claim against the defendant's estate.


Held: No duty of care was owed by the defendant to the claimant. There was not sufficient proximity between the claimant and the defendant when the incident occurred.



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