Thursday, November 11th, 2010
After an elderly woman sued two bicycle-riding toddlers for crashing into her on a New York City sidewalk, a New York State Supreme Court judge ruled that toddlers can be sued for negligence.
Even though the toddlers’ parents argued their kids were too young to be held accountable for negligence, the judge maintained their age (4-years-old) was enough to prove they were mentally developed and mature. The judge also dismissed adult supervision as a weak reason against negligence: “A parent’s presence alone does not give a reasonable child carte blanche to engage in risky behavior such as running across a street.” (NYTimes.com)
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