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McCoy v. American Suzuki Motor Corp.

Supreme Court of Washington
961 P.2d 952 (Wash. 1998)


Facts

A Suzuki Samurai swerved off the road and flipped over. James McCoy (plaintiff), a passing motorist, stopped to help the passengers in the Samurai. Afterwards, as McCoy was about to leave the scene, he was struck in a hit-and-run by another vehicle. McCoy brought a products liability action against American Suzuki Motor Corp. (Suzuki) (defendant), alleging that the defective Samurai was the proximate cause of his injuries. The trial court ruled in favor of Suzuki, finding that any defect in the Samurai was not the proximate cause of McCoy’s injuries. The court of appeals reversed, holding that under the rescue doctrine, an injured rescuer does not need to prove proximate cause. Suzuki appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Sanders, J.)

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