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Knightley v Johns [1982]

Facts

  • A car crash in a tunnel resulted in the police attending
  • An inspector, who failed to seal off the tunnel immediately, ordered an officer to ride his motorcycle against the flow of traffic
  • The motorcyclist buy alprazolam with mastercard collided with an oncoming vehicle and was injured

Issue

  • Who was liable for the injury?

Decision

  • The inspector

Reasoning

  • The inspector’s order was a novas actus intervenes which negatived the car driver’s liability; the inspector was negligent
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