Frederick v. City of Detroit, Department of Street Railways

121 N.W.2d 918 (1963)

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Frederick v. City of Detroit, Department of Street Railways

Michigan Supreme Court
121 N.W.2d 918 (1963)

Facts

Rose Fredrick (plaintiff) was a passenger on a bus in Detroit. The buses were maintained by the Department of Street Railways (DSR) (defendant), a sector of the City of Detroit. The bus that Frederick was riding had worn, torn-up rubber floors that were covered with dirt. The bus also did not have any handrails. Upon exiting the bus, Frederick slipped on the floors and fell to the ground. Frederick brought suit against DSR for negligence. The jury found in favor of DSR. Frederick then filed for a reversal of the verdict and a new trial, arguing that the trial judge did not correctly instruct the jury on a heightened duty of care that common carriers owe to passengers.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Souris, J.)

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