PHARMACY LAW NOTES VOL. 8 NO. 2 PETER P. COHRON, BSPHARM, JD Pharmacy Law Notes is a result of my ongoing research into pharmacy law related issues. Readers are reminded that this is a general review and that the law is fluid; this is not legal advice; there is no final answer to any issue discussed herein. Readers are encouraged to respond with comments or constructive criticism, and are encouraged to forward this to whomever they please. Law Quiz: Accident Responsibility Paul Pharmacist was on his way home after a shift. As he approached a four-way stop intersection, witnesses report that he slowed almost to a stop, then edged forward slowly. Witnesses thought he may have been watching a car coming up the road to his left at a fast rate of speed, wondering if it was going to stop (lets call that driver Betty). A car coming up behind Paul saw his brake lights go on then off, so that driver (who we will call Carl) presumed Paul was going on through the intersection and timed his braking to come to a stop at the intersection. But Paul did not speed up and go through the intersection, so Carl rear ended Paul, pushing Pauls car out into the intersection. Betty indeed did not stop and broadsided Pauls car, killing Paul. In the ensuing lawsuits against Carl and Betty, both defendants claimed the other was the real cause of Pauls death. Carl contended that Paul would have had minor, if any, injuries from being rear ended. Betty claimed that if Paul had not been rear ended, she would not have hit him and Paul would have suffered no injuries. The law does hold that a tortfeasor is responsible only for the negligent damage that can be reasonably foreseen. What cannot be reasonably foreseen can have no liability attached to the party being negligent. Do Betty and Carl get off?