Thursday, August 30, 2018

Engstrom on Cars and Torts

Nora Freeman Engstrom, Stanford Law School, has posted When Cars Crash: The Automobile's Tort Law Legacy, which appears in the Wake Forest Law Review 53 (2018): 293-336:
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.