Co. v. Ives, supra. 812, 822; 10 S.W. [4] We limit it accordingly. 585. 133; cf. The … There is need at this stage to clear the ground of brushwood that may obscure the point at issue. A train traveling at a speed of thirty miles per hour will cover a quarter of a mile in 30 seconds. Co., supra; Key v. Carolina & N.W.R. In such circumstances the question, we think, was for the jury whether reasonable caution forbade his going forward in reliance on the sense of hearing, unaided by that of sight. By the time he regains his seat and sets his car in motion, the hidden train may be upon him. Mr. Homer Hall, with whom Mr. Walter M. Allen was on the brief, for respondent. The record does not show in any conclusive way that the train was visible to Pokora while there was still time to stop. 647. 36. Duty is determined by foreseeable risks and foreseeability of risks changes with circumstances. Instead of helping himself by getting out, he might do better to press forward with all his faculties alert. POKORA v. WABASH RAILWAY CO. No. Dobson v. St. Louis S.F. CO (1934) Court: Supreme Court Facts: Plaintiff’s truck was hit by an oncoming train on a railroad crossing. The subject has been less considered in this court, but in none of its opinions is there a suggestion that at any and every crossing the duty to stop is absolute, irrespective of the danger. Where was Pokora to leave his truck after getting out to reconnoitre? 9 Decided April 2, 1934. Failure to get out of a vehicle and look before crossing a railroad track is not … See, e.g., Torgeson v. Missouri-K.-T.R. Other courts, the majority, adopt the rule that the traveler must look and listen, but that the existence of a duty to stop depends upon the circumstances, and hence generally, even if not invariably, upon the judgment of the jury. Pokora v. Wabash Railway Co. (U.S. 1934) Posted on February 13, 2015 | Torts | Tags: Torts Case Briefs. with Pokora v. Wabash Railway Co., 292 U.S. 98 (1934) (Cardozo, J.). * To get out of the train to look and listen for oncoming trains is not natural behavior in its customary form, but a rule artificially developed and imposed. ceptions and that exceptions prove the rule. For reasons already stated, the testimony permits the inference that the truck was in the zone of danger by the time the field of vision was enlarged. Behind him was a line of other cars, making ready to follow him. Procedural History: View Pokora v. Wabash Railway Co. from LAW Torts at University of Florida. 205, 208, 234 N.Y.S. The actions of a plaintiff depend on the situation and the circumstances, and it is up to the jury to decide whether a particular course of action was reasonable. No doubt it was his duty to look along the track from his seat, if looking would avail to warn him of the danger. 12 Mr. Justice CARDOZO delivered the opinion of the Court. Ry. Co. v. Goodman, 275 U.S. 66. He did not get out of his truck to try to obtain a better view. 1. [1] The Illinois Act provides: "Every railroad corporation shall cause a bell of at least thirty pounds weight, and a steam whistle placed and kept on each locomotive engine, and shall cause the same to be rung or whistled by the engineer or fireman, at the distance of at least eighty rods from the place where the railroad crosses or intersects any public highway, and shall be kept ringing or whistling until such highway is reached.". 100*100 The defendant has four tracks on Tenth Street, a switch track on the east, then the main track, and then two switches. He had failed to leave his vehicle to reconnoiter, after looking and listening for approaching trains, when his view of the main track was obstructed by cars standing on a switch track. Adams v. Bullock 2. Unlock your Study Buddy for the 14 day, no risk, unlimited trial. All this the plaintiff, like any other reasonable traveler, might fairly take into account. He stopped, tried to look and listen for a train, but heard nothing. P stopped, looked, and listened as well as he could and proceeded slowly. In that case, a directed verdict for the defendant railway company was granted. P. 100. Every Bundle includes the complete text from each of the titles below: PLUS: Hundreds of law school topic-related videos from The Understanding Law Video Lecture Series™: Monthly Subscription ($19 / Month) Annual Subscription ($175 / Year). 2, 1934) Brief Fact Summary. 580, 78 L.Ed. & N.Y.R. Facts: Pokora was driving his truck west across four railroad tracks during daylight. [4] Many cases are collected in 43 Harvard Law Review 926, 929, 930, and in 56 A.L.R. There is a crossing at Edwards street running east and west. Norfolk & W. Ry. Co., supra. 169; 129 Atl. Chicago, B. Mr. Homer Hall, of St. Louis, Mo., for respondent. For all that appears he had no view of the main track northward, or none for 101*101 a substantial distance, till the train was so near that escape had been cut off. CO. 292 U.S. 98 (1934). A space of eight feet lay between the west rail of the switch and the east rail of the main track, but there was an overhang of the locomotive (perhaps two and a half or three feet), as well as an overhang of the box cars, which brought the zone of danger even nearer. Decided April 2, 1934. Dolan v. D. & H.C. Co., 71 N.Y. 285, 288, 289; Davis v. N.Y.C. Co., supra. He was hit by a 30mph moving train. The burden of establishing the defense of contributory negligence in a personal injuries case is on the defendant. P sued D in negligence. * Courts declare standards of prudent conduct at times, but they are taken over by the facts of life. 773, 778; 145 S.E. This does not mean, however, that if vision was cut off by obstacles, there was negligence in going on, any more than there would have been in trusting to his ears if vision had been cut off by the darkness of the night. While amendments to § 34 have from time to time been suggested, the section stands as originally enacted. A link to your Casebriefs™ LSAT Prep Course Workbook will begin to download upon confirmation of your email 397. sister projects: Wikidata item. P was hit by a train. Your Study Buddy will automatically renew until cancelled. 523. Supreme Court of the United States. 278; cf. 4. Danger of machine must be weighed against its public utility, from standpoint of a reasonable person. & St. L.R. Co., supra; Gills v. N.Y.C. 815; Turner v. Minneapolis R. Co., supra; Wisconsin & Arkansas Lumber Co. v. Brady, 157 Ark. One must remember that while the traveler turns his eyes in one direction, a train or a loose engine may be approaching from the other. It may thus emerge out of obscurity as the driver turns his back to regain the waiting car, and may then descend upon him suddenly when his car is on the track. 2. John Pokora, driving his truck across a railway grade crossing in the city of Spring field, Ill., was struck by a train and injured. The standard of care in negligence cases is "for the judgment of a jury". CERTIORARI TO THE CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SEVENTH CIRCUIT. His view was obstructed. Train (defendant) strikes and injures plaintiff. Pokora v. Wabash Railway Co. Pokora v. Wabash Railway Co. John Pokora, driving his truck across a railway grade crossing in the city of Springfield, Illinois, was struck by a train and injured. MR. JUSTICE CARDOZO delivered the opinion of the Court. 24, 72 L.Ed. Still listening, he crossed the switch, and reaching the main track was struck by a passenger train coming from the north at a speed of twenty-five to thirty miles an hour. 272; Dolan v. D. & H.C. Co., supra; Huckshold v. St. L., I.M. The rule allocates the burden of preventing crossing accidents between railroad and traveler, and in this it closely resembles Holmes's rejected "stop, look, and listen" rule, Baltimore Ohio R.R. Co., 254 N.Y. 148, 151; 172 N.E. Besides being uncommon it is very futile and sometimes dangerous. Decided April 2, 1934. Jurisdiction: Supreme Court of United States. 137; Schrader v. N.Y.C. 514, and cases cited; Love v. Fort Dodge R. Co., 207 Iowa 1278, 1286; 224 N.W. Pokora v. Wabash Ry., 292 U.S. at 104-06. Pacific Co., 177 Cal. Davison v. Snohomish County. There were boxcars on the first track and P could not see the tracks to the north. 99*99 Mr. W. St. John Wines for petitioner. This means you can view content but cannot create content. Pipher v. Parsell. [2] With that opportunity, he fell short of the legal standard of duty established for a traveler when he failed to look and see. Judgment reversed. Said the court, "Standards of prudent conduct are declared v. Goodman. Trimarco v. Klein 6. Wabash Railway Company. Pokora v. Wabash Ry., 292 U.S. at 103-06. Torgeson v. Missouri-K.-T.R. 464, at page 469, 14 N.E.2d 714, 716 the court said: ... we are also justified in citing Pokora v. Wabash Ry. They are then, not the natural flowerings of behavior in its customary forms, but rules artificially developed, and imposed from without. 5. In New York Central R. R. Co. v. Casey, 1938, 214 Ind. We must say whether his failure to do this was negligence so obvious and certain that one conclusion and one only is permissible for rational and candid minds. Co. v. Summers, 125 Fed. 1149, which involved a crossing accident in Springfield, Illinois. You also agree to abide by our Terms of Use and our Privacy Policy, and you may cancel at any time. Co., 205 N.Y. 226, 228; 98 N.E. P drove slowly … The closest track was a switch track and ... Read full Brief | Leave a comment. The opinion just announced suggests that Mr. Warren's research has … 167 (1927), overruled in Pokora v. Wabash Ry., 292 U.S. 98, 54 S.Ct. Synopsis of Rule of Law. Standards of prudent conduct are declared at times by courts, but they are taken over from the facts of life. Co. v. Goodman, supra, is a barrier in the plaintiff's path, irrespective of the conclusion that might commend itself if the question were at large. 379. 10 [292 U.S. 99] Mr. Wm. But the view from that position does not tell us anything of significance unless we know also the position of the train. Murray v. So. ), c. 114, ¶ 84. There was a possibility that a train would have crossed by the time he got back to his car. 548; 2 S.W. POKORA V. WABASH RY. Ry. Goodman, the driver, traveling only five or six miles an hour, had, before reaching the track, a clear space of eighteen feet within which the train was plainly visible. At times the course of safety may be different. 11. Upon not hearing any, Plaintiff proceeded onto the track and was struck by the oncoming train. Procedural History: Relying on Goodman, trial court and then court of appeals upheld directed verdict for the railroad. Co., 223 Mo. In this crossing of the railway, the accident occurred. Argued: March 8, 9, 1934. Co.’s (Defendant’s) four railroad tracks. You have successfully signed up to receive the Casebriefs newsletter. 449, 454; 248 S.W. Unlock your Study Buddy for the 14 day, no risk, unlimited use trial. * Defendant did not show whether there was a locomotive at the forward end, or whether the cars were so few that a locomotive could be seen. Co., supra; Key v. Carolina & N.W.R. Co., 90 Mo. Opinion of the Court. Email Address: You can opt out at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in our newsletter, If you have not signed up for your Casebriefs Cloud account Click Here, Thank you for registering as a Pre-Law Student with Casebriefs™. In other words, the determination of duty and breach is a question … 203 and 41 A.L.R. You also agree to abide by our. If he was to leave it on the switch, there was the possibility that the box cars would be shunted down upon him before he could regain his seat. v. Goodman, 275 U.S. 66, 48 S.Ct. Pokora v. Wabash Ry. Co., 124 Kan. 798, 800, 801; 262 Pac. 424; cf. Pokora v. Wabash-P hit by train after not getting out of car to stop, look and listen. 753, 762; 279 Pac. The evidence showed that the guy had no view of the train until it was so close that he could not escape. As John Pokora (plaintiff) approached the tracks in his truck, he could not see the main track. There is a crossing at Edwards Street running east and west. The need is the more urgent when there is no background of experience out of which the standards have emerged. CO. 7 No. P. 292 U. S. 100. 3, p. 301. The judgment should be reversed and the cause remanded for further proceedings in accordance with this opinion. Co., 1934, 292 U.S. 98, 54 S.Ct. Miller v. Union Pacific R. Co., 290 U.S. 227, 232. The burden of establishing the defense of contributory negligence in a personal injuries case is on the defendant. Pokora v. Wabash 5. 557, 566; 37 S.W. The defendant did not show whether there was a locomotive at the forward end, or whether the cars were so few that a locomotive could be seen. In the absence of an Indiana case directly applicable to the special circumstances set up in the complaint here, we are also justified in citing Pokora v. Wabash Ry. v. Goodman, 275 U.S. at 70. 213. Reasonable person acts in reference to foreseeable risks under average circumstances. The famous case of Pokora v. Wabash Ry., 292 U.S. 98 (1934) held that a jury would not be allowed to find a driver negligent because he failed to adopt the precaution plan of getting out of his car and looking down railroad tracks when he possessed a foreshortened view of these tracks from the driver’s seat. Argued March 8, 9, 1934. St. J. Co., 70 N.Y. 119. Nice calculations are submitted in an effort to make out that there was a glimpse of the main track before the switch was fully cleared. Hellman, Deborah 2009. Instead of helping himself by getting out, Plaintiff might do better to press forward. Blyth v. Birmingham Waterworks Co. UCLA LAW REVIEW. 2. v. Wabash Railway Co. No. Pokora was an ice dealer, and had come to the crossing to load his truck with ice. There is no standard requiring that Plaintiff always get out and look and listen for a train each time he comes upon a track, because that is uncommon conduct. U.S. v. Carroll Towing Co. 3. Plaintiff did not get out of his vehicle to obtain a better view as required by the opinion in Baltimore & Ohio R.R. Criticism of the stop, look and listen instruction stems from the crystallization of a question of fact which the jury should determine into a rule of law which the jury must follow. Pokora v. Wabash Ry.. Facts: Plaintiff approaches a railroad crossing in his automobile. The Circuit Court of Appeals (one judge dissenting) affirmed, 66 F. (2d) 166, resting its judgment on the opinion of this court in B. I think of this case as one in which the court could use cost–benefit analysis to establish an upper … Co., 226 App. To get out of a vehicle is an uncommon precaution, as everyday experience informs us. Co. v. Kayenbuhl. To get out of a vehicle is uncommon precaution, as everyday experience informs us. 3, Issue. He moved past the track and heard no bell or whistle and as he reached the main track, he was hit by a train. App. If you are interested, please contact us at [email protected] Pokora v. Wabash RR F: P's truck hit by oncoming train when crossing RR- vision obscured by box car H: Cardozo contrasts w/Holmes desire for set standard- says P acted in most cautious manner possible given circumstances, so not responsible → limits Goodman decision ("source of confusion") 104*104 Choice between these diversities of doctrine is unnecessary for the decision of the case at hand. 560; 252 N.Y. 546, 170 N.E. 1002; Cordell v. N.Y.C. Two ice depots are on opposite corners of Tenth and Edward Streets, one at the northeast corner, the other at the southwest. Upon the trial of his suit for damages, the District Court held that he had been guilty of contributory negligence, and directed a verdict for the defendant. A string of box cars standing on the switch, about five to ten feet from the north line of Edwards Street, cut off his view of the tracks beyond him to the north. Cf. Co., 292 U.S. 98 (1934). [3] The cases are collected in 1 A.L.R. Pennsylvania R. Co. v. Yingling, 148 Md. The tracks of the Wabash Railway are laid along Tenth street, which runs north and south. Please check your email and confirm your registration. Baltimore & O.R. Casebriefs is concerned with your security, please complete the following, Intentionally Inflicted Harm: The Prima Facie Case And Defenses, Strict Liability And Negligence: Historic And Analytic Foundations, Multiple Defendants: Joint, Several, And Vicarious Liability, LSAT Logic Games (June 2007 Practice Exam), LSAT Logical Reasoning I (June 2007 Practice Exam), LSAT Logical Reasoning II (June 2007 Practice Exam), You can opt out at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in our newsletter, Lyons v. Midnight Sun Transportation Services, Inc, Uhr v. East Greenbush Central School District, 290 U.S. 624, 54 S. Ct. 346, 78 L. Ed. & S.R. Pokora was not protected by his glimpse of 130 feet if the train at the same moment was 150 feet away or farther. A jury, but not the court, might say that with faculties thus limited, he should have found some other means of assuring himself of safety before venturing to cross. Is there a duty for Plaintiff to stop, exit the vehicle, look and listen before crossing a railroad track? He did this at a point about ten or fifteen feet east of the switch ahead of him. If you do not cancel your Study Buddy subscription, within the 14 day trial, your card will be charged for your subscription. 580. [1] Indeed, the 102*102 statutory signals did not exhaust the defendant's duty when to its knowledge there was special danger to the traveler through obstructions on the roadbed narrowing the field of vision. Two feet farther back the track was visible, it is said, for about 130 or 140 feet. Thank you. Co. SCOTUS - 1934 Facts: P was driving a truck and came to a railroad crossing. Martin v. Herzog 7. Pokora, as he left the northeast corner where his truck had been stopped, looked to the north for approaching trains. P stopped, looked as well as he could, and listened, and heard no bell or whistle. The tracks of the Wabash Railway are laid along Tenth Street, which runs north and south. A train traveling at a speed of thirty miles an hour will cover a quarter of a mile in the space of thirty seconds. Wines, of Springfield, Ill., for petitioner. One can figure to oneself a roadbed so level and unbroken that getting out will be a gain. Thank you and the best of luck to you on your LSAT exam. The burden of establishing the defense of contributory negligence in a personal injuries case is on the defendant. Tutorial Questions for Week 1 The Tutorial Questions are designed to ensure that you have … There is no doubt that the opinion in that case is correct in its result. 1049 (U.S. Apr. Wright v. St. Louis S.F. United States Supreme Court. To get out of a vehicle and reconnoitre is an uncommon precaution, as everyday experience informs us. Cf. Case: Pokora v. Wabash Ry. Case name Citation Date decided Florida v. United States: 292 U.S. 1: 1934: Missouri v. Missouri Pacific R. Co. 292 U.S. 13: 1934: Gully v. Interstate Natural Gas Co. 346; Davis v. Pere Marquette R. Co., 241 Mich. 166, 169; 216 N.W. & O.R. Metcalf v. Central Vermont R. Co., 78 Conn. 614; 63 Atl. Co., 47 N.Y. 400, 402. To some extent, at least, there was assurance in the thought that the defendant would not run its train at such a time and place without sounding bell or whistle. A writ of certiorari brings the case here. If the driver leaves his vehicle when he nears a cut or curve, he will learn nothing by getting out about the perils that lurk beyond. Besides being uncommon, it is very likely to be futile, and sometimes even dangerous. Co. v. Goodman, supra, which goes farther than the earlier cases, is there support for such a rule. We do 103*103 not now inquire into the existence of a duty to stop, disconnected from a duty to get out and reconnoitre. See, e.g., Judson v. Central Vermont R. Co., 158 N.Y. 597, 605, 606; 53 N.E. v. Goodman. Evidently Congress has intended throughout the years that the rule of decision as construed should continue to govern federal courts in trials at common law. 530. All this must be taken into account by us in comparing what he did with the conduct reasonably to be expected of reasonable men. 99 *99 Mr. W. St. John Wines for petitioner. The jury gets to decide whether or not Plaintiff is required to get out of his vehicle and look for trains. Thank you. Co., supra; Georgia Railroad & Banking Co. v. Stanley, supra; Miller v. N.Y.C.R. Illustrations such as these bear witness to the need for caution in framing standards of behavior that amount to rules of law. [2] For a full statement of the facts, see the opinion of the Circuit Court of Appeals, 10 F. (2d) 58, 59. If Plaintiff was to leave his vehicle near the curb, there was even stronger reason to believe that the space covered in going back and forth would make his observations worthless. Prepared by Candice. & H.R.R. This is the old version of the H2O platform and is now read-only. 788; Vaca v. Southern Pacific Co., 91 Cal. See, e.g., Dobson v. St. Louis S.F. 690; Parsons v. Syracuse, B. Pokora made his crossing in the day time, but like the traveler by night he used the faculties available to one in his position. Cf. 1 Compare Baltimore & Ohio RR Co. v. Goodman, 275 US 66 (1927) (Holmes, J.) App. 580, 78 L.Ed. This is the old version of the H2O platform and is now read-only. 323; Hines v. Cooper, 205 Ala. 70; 88 So. Pokora was an ice dealer, and had come to the crossing to load his truck with ice. Issue. Pokora v. Wabash Railway Co. (U.S. 1934) Posted on February 13, 2015 | Torts | Tags Torts Case Briefs. 185 Plaintiff approaches a railroad crossing in his automobile. (2d) 591; Hires v. Atlantic City R. Co., 66 N.J.L. Held. 544 (1933). 1. United States Supreme Court. & O.R. L. & N.R. & Q.R. --- Decided: April 2, 1934. Discussion. Grand Trunk R. Co. v. Ives, 144 U.S. 408, 417; Flannelly v. Delaware & Hudson Co., 225 U.S. 597. 292 U.S. 98. 1149, which involved a crossing accident in Springfield, Illinois. Synopsis of Rule of Law. 585. Pokora v. Wabash Railway Co. 292 U.S. 98 Prepared by Dirk United States Supreme Court (1934) Facts:-Pokora was driving his truck across railroad tracks (4)-A string of boxcars blocked his view of the last track.-As he passed, he listened for a bell or whistle, heard nothing. The argument is made, however, that our decision in B. Important Paras. CO. Citation Pokora v. Wabash R. Co., 292 U.S. 98, 54 S. Ct. 580, 78 L. Ed. & O.R. Johnson v. Seaboard Air Line R. Co., 163 N.C. 431; 79 S.E. If you would like access to the new version of the H2O platform and have not already been contacted by a member of our team, please contact us at h2o@cyber.law.harvard.edu. Co., 327 Mo. The rule of Pokora v. Wabash Railway has since been followed in the federal courts. See also: Dobson v. St. Louis S.F.R. U.S. Reports: Pokora v. Wabash RY. Co., 164 Minn. 335, 341: 205 N.W. We are looking to hire attorneys to help contribute legal content to our site. Co., supra. CERTIORARI TO THE CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEAL FOR THE ELEVENTH CIRCUIT Syllabus. CO. 292 U.S. 98 54 S.Ct. Co., 342 Ill. 455; 174 N.E. Co., 1934, 292 U.S. 98, 54 S. Ct. 580, 78 L. Ed. Contra: Koster v. Southern Pacific Co., 207 Cal. Div. Baltimore & Ohio R. Co. v. Goodman, supra.Pokora v. Wabash Ry. Not even in B. Court Documents. NATURE OF THE CASE: This was an action to recover personal injury damages for negligence. The tracks of the Wabash Railway are laid along Tenth street, which runs north and south. To get out of a vehicle is uncommon precaution, as everyday experience informs us. Often the added safeguard will be dubious though the track happens to be straight, as 105*105 it seems that this one was, at all events as far as the station, about five blocks to the north. Brief Fact Summary. Mr. Homer Hall, with whom Mr. Walter M. Allen was on the brief, for respondent. 719, 721; Illinois Revised Statutes, (1933 ed. U.S. Supreme Court, 1934 292 U.S. 98 Pg. As Pokora crossed the railroad tracks, he was hit by an unseen train. Ry. Pokora v. Wabash Railway Co., 292 U.S. 98 (1934) Pokora v. Wabash Railway Co. No. Plaintiff was killed while attempting to cross Wabash Ry. The burden of proof was on the defendant to make out the defense of contributory negligence. Your Study Buddy will automatically renew until cancelled. P. 100. (2d) 528; Turner v. Minneapolis, St. P. & S.S.M.R. Activities: Activity # 1: Tutorial Questions Activity # 2: Discussion Questions 20180909. CERTIORARI TO THE CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEAL. Tedla v. Elman Video Presentation: 1. 1. Pokora. Facts: In this case, a guy was driving his truck and a string of boxcars cut off his view of the tracks. 794. To the contrary, the opinion makes it clear that the duty is conditioned upon the presence of impediments whereby sight and hearing become inadequate for the traveler's protection. No stop would then have helped the plaintiff if he remained seated on his truck, or so the triers of the facts might find. Plaintiff did not get out of his vehicle to obtain a better view as required by the opinion in Baltimore & Ohio R.R. A train at rest at a station could be moving in the time it takes Plaintiff to return to his vehicle. 585. 14,000 + case briefs, hundreds of Law Professor developed 'quick' Black Letter Law. Here the fact is not disputed that the plaintiff did stop before he started to cross the tracks. He stops and tries to look, but proceeds without getting out of his car for a better vantage point. When the front of the truck had come within this zone, Pokora was on his seat, and so was farther back (perhaps five feet or even more), just how far we do not know, for the defendant has omitted to make proof of the dimensions. 283; Thompson v. Pennsylvania R. Co., 215 Pa. 113; 64 Atl. 1, 10; 169 Pac. 564; Dobson v. St. Louis S.F.R. Co., 150 S.C. 29, 35; 147 S.E. The inquiry, if pursued, would lead us into the thickets of conflicting judgments. related portals: Supreme Court of the United States. Extraordinary situations may not wisely or fairly be subjected to 106*106 tests or regulations that are fitting for the common-place or normal. Procedural History: Relying on Goodman, trial court and then court of appeals upheld directed verdict for the railroad. 8 Argued March 8, 9, 1934. There is a crossing at Edwards street running east and west. Syllabus. View the video presentation by Monday of this week. 633; Gills v. N.Y.C. Pokora brought suit against Wabash for negligence. Train (defendant) strikes and injures plaintiff. Indeed, Holmes might have parried by suggesting that the definition of a standard of conduct by means of a legal rule is predict- able and certain, whereas standards and juries are not. Pokora was an ice dealer, and had come to the crossing to load his truck with ice. 331. Even then the balance of advantage depends on many circumstances and can be easily disturbed. Grand Trunk Ry. Plaintiff was killed while attempting to cross Wabash Ry. 13 You can access the new platform at https://opencasebook.org. & H.R.R. Argued March 8, 9, 1934. POKORA 6 v. WABASH RY. But the court did not stop there. MR. JUSTICE CARDOZO delivered the opinion of the Court. No. 675 Williams v. Iola Electric R. Co., 102 Kan. 268, 271; 170 Pac. As a pre-law student you are automatically registered for the Casebriefs™ LSAT Prep Course. His case was for the jury unless as a matter of law he was subject to a duty to get out of the vehicle before it crossed the switch, walk forward to the front, and then, afoot, survey the scene. This means you can view content but cannot create content. In default of the guide of customary conduct, what is suitable for the traveler caught in a mesh where the ordinary safeguards fail him is for the judgment of a jury. From the Supreme Court's opinion it appears that plaintiff stopped his … Pokora v. Wabash Railway Co. Friday, August 2 1, 2 015 8:23 A M Supreme Court of the U.S. 1934. See, e.g., Benner v. Philadelphia & Reading R. Co., 262 Pa. 307; 105 Atl. Pokora, driving west along Edwards Street, stopped at the first of these corners to get his load of ice, but found so many trucks ahead of him that he decided to try the depot on the other side of the way. Willfully Blind for Good Reason.Criminal Law and Philosophy, Vol. If we assume that by reason of the box cars, there was a duty to stop again when the obstructions had been cleared, that duty did not arise unless a stop could be made safely after the point of clearance had been reached. videos, thousands of real exam questions, and much more. & St. L.R. Pokora v. Wabash Ry. Argued March 8, 9, 1934. POKORA v. WABASH RY. The contrast between the stop-and-look rule enunciated by Justice Holmes in Goodman versus the “reasonable caution” standard enunciated by Justice Cardozo in Pokora is a common illustration of the distinction between rules and standards.See Pierre Schlag, … If he was to leave his vehicle near the curb, there was even stronger reason to believe that the space to be covered in going back and forth would make his observations worthless. Baltimore & Ohio R.R. It added a remark, unnecessary upon the facts before it, which has been a fertile source of controversy. v. Holbrook, 27 F. (2d) 326. There was neither bell nor whistle. 1149, 1934 U.S. LEXIS 701, 91 A.L.R. April 2, 1934. Rule: unless reasonable minds could not differ on the standard of care which measure actions of P and D, the jury would decide. 585. So a train at a neighboring station, apparently at rest and harmless, may be transformed in a few seconds into an instrument of destruction. Co.’s (Defendant’s) four railroad tracks. 405. Plaintiff came to a full stop, waited to listen for a whistle or bell. v. Goodman 4. At the same time he listened. Issue: Was … address. FACTS: Pokora (P) drove a truck up to a Wabash (D) railroad crossing that had four tracks. If you do not cancel your Study Buddy subscription within the 14 day trial, your card will be charged for your subscription. FOR THE ELEVENTH CIRCUIT. (Pokora v. Wabash Railway Co.) 20 In the Pokora case, the plaintiff was injured when his truck was struck by a train on a railroad crossing in a populous city. 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