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Knightley v Johns

[1982] 1 All ER 851

Case summary last updated at 15/01/2020 20:06 by the Oxbridge Notes in-house law team.

Judgement for the case Knightley v Johns

A negligent motorist caused an accident in a tunnel, which led to the officer on the scene negligently directing a police constable to cycle against the traffic to close off the entrance. When the constable was injured he sued the original motorist and the officer. CA dismissed his claim in respect of the motorist but allowed it regarding the officer. The test for remoteness is whether the “damage was natural and probable and therefore reasonably foreseeable, in the sense that something similar to what happened was likely to happen”. The original accident did not fulfil this criteria, whereas the officer’s command did. 

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