When Cars Crash: The Automobile's Tort Law Legacy

44 Pages Posted: 27 Aug 2018

Date Written: July 15, 2018


Everyone understands that the invention of the automobile has had a profound effect on daily life in America. It has transformed our workplaces, altered our neighborhoods, and radically changed our environment. But cars have never been perfectly safe, and, as the years have passed, injuries and fatalities have mounted. This Article contends that, just as motor vehicles have remade our culture, these injuries and deaths — some 3.5 million fatalities and counting — have catalyzed fundamental changes in the contours, purposes, and limits of our law.

Keywords: Automobiles, Personal Injury, Tort Law

Suggested Citation

Engstrom, Nora Freeman, When Cars Crash: The Automobile's Tort Law Legacy (July 15, 2018). Wake Forest Law Review, Vol. 53, p. 293, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3232394

Nora Freeman Engstrom (Contact Author)

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