From our private database of 37,500+ case briefs...
Barnum v. Williams
Oregon Supreme Court
264 Or. 71, 504 P.2d 122 (1972)
On a rainy day, Lawrence Barnum (plaintiff) was driving his motorcycle uphill and rounding an extremely sharp curve to his left. Homer Williams (defendant) was driving downhill. Williams, upon seeing Barnum, and apprehensive that he may hit Barnum, applied the brakes. Nevertheless, Williams slid into Barnum. The impact happened on or near the center line on Barnum’s side of the road. Barnum sued. The trial court instructed the jury that, in considering statutory negligence (e.g., a violation of law such as crossing the center line), it had the option not to treat the violation of law as negligence if, under the circumstances, the statute should not be obeyed for safety reasons. The jury found for Williams. Barnum appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Denecke, J.)
Dissent (McAllister, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 631,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.Unlock this case briefRead our student testimonials
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students.Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee
Here's why 631,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 37,500 briefs, keyed to 984 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.