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Gorringe v Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council [2004]

Facts

  • Gorringe drove too fast over the brow of a steep hill on a road, and collided with a bus
  • Gorringe suffered severe physical injuries

Issue

  • Was the council liable for now painting ‘slow’ on the road to warn road users of the danger of the hill’s crest

Decision

  • No duty

Reasoning

  • Common law duties cannot grow parasitically out of broad public duties, in this case to warn of every possible danger or face severe liability
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