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St. Louis-San Francisco Railway Co. v. White
Florida District Court of Appeal
369 So. 2d 1007 (1979)
During a wrongful-death trial, the trial judge admitted evidence of a railroad-industry standard that requires railroads to use railroad-highway crossing signs at all railroad crossings to warn motorists of the hazard of train traffic. No such signs were in place at the crossing where the decedent was killed. The trial judge instructed the jury that violation of an industry standard may be considered—with other facts—as evidence of negligence. The jury returned a verdict for the wrongful-death claimants (plaintiff) and the railroad (defendant) appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Melvin, J.)
Concurrence (Smith, C.J.)
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