Bernier v. Boston Edison Co.
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
403 N.E.2d 391 (1980)
Ramsdell drove out of a parking space on a street near a busy shopping mall. She collided with another vehicle and lost control of the car. Ramsdell’s foot slipped from the brake to the gas pedal, and her car careened off the road, down a sidewalk, and knocked over an electric pole owned by Edison (defendant). The electric pole broke and landed on Bernier (plaintiff), causing serious injuries. Bernier brought a negligence claim against Edison, claiming that Edison had negligently designed the pole. The jury returned a verdict in favor of Bernier, which Edison appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Kaplan, J.)
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