Hammontree v. Jenner
California Court of Appeal
97 Cal. Rptr. 739 (Cal. App. 1971)
Jenner (defendant) was diagnosed with epilepsy in 1952. He was placed under constant supervision by a neurologist and was given various medications to control his seizures. His last seizure was in 1953. In 1955, the Department of Motor Vehicles imposed a requirement that Jenner check in with a doctor who would advise the department of Jenner’s condition and fitness to drive. Jenner complied with all requirements. In 1967, while driving his car, Jenner had an epileptic seizure and lost consciousness. His car crashed into a shop owned by Hammontree (plaintiff), causing damage to the shop and injury to Hammontree. Hammontree brought suit against Jenner on theories of negligence and absolute liability. Hammontree dropped the negligence claim, and a jury held for Jenner on the absolute liability claim. Hammontree appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Lillie, 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 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read 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. Read more about Quimbee.
Here's why 170,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 13,800 briefs, keyed to 187 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.