Stewart v. Motts
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
539 Pa. 596, 654 A.2d 535 (1995)
Stewart (plaintiff) entered the automobile repair shop of Motts (defendant) and offered to help with a fuel tank repair. Motts obliged and Stewart decided to pour gasoline into the carburetor of the automobile. Motts was supposed to start the car at a certain point, but the car backfired and caused an explosion. Stewart endured severe burns to his body, and brought a negligence claim against Motts. The Superior Court charged the jury to find Motts negligent only if he failed to exercise the standard of care that a reasonable person would exercise under the circumstances. The jury found for Motts, and Stewart appealed, claiming that the Superior Court should have instructed the jury to find Motts negligent if he failed to exercise a “high degree of care” in the handling of gasoline, a dangerous instrumentality.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Montemuro, 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 726,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.Unlock this case briefRead 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.Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee
Here's why 726,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 45,700 briefs, keyed to 983 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.