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Alvis v. Ribar

421 N.E.2d 886 (1981)

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Alvis v. Ribar

Illinois Supreme Court

421 N.E.2d 886 (1981)

Facts

James Alvis (plaintiff) was injured while riding in the vehicle of James Ribar (defendant). The vehicle collided with a metal barrel anchoring a temporary stop sign in place while Milburn Brothers, Inc. (defendant) performed construction under the supervision of Cook County (defendant). Alvis asked the Illinois Supreme Court to replace the doctrine of contributory negligence with that of comparative negligence. Ribar argued that a jury cannot scientifically apportion relative fault; comparative negligence rewards carelessness; and comparative negligence overcrowds court dockets. Ribar also argued that the legislature must decide whether to adopt the doctrine of comparative negligence, but that if the court does, it should select the modified form rather than the pure form. The Illinois Defense Counsel submitted an amicus curiae brief arguing that juries often ignore the contributory-negligence rule, instead using common sense to adjust damages according to the parties’ relative fault.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Moran, J.)

Dissent

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