assumption of risk


A concept in common law often used as a defense. Assumption of risk states that by certain actions, a person assumes certain risks. For example, by riding on the back of someone else's motorcycle, an individual has assumed the risk of a crash and should not be able to sue the driver should a crash occur.

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The assumption of risk was made because the person in question operated logically and reasonably in all other aspects of their life.

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They decided to sue the company for negligence, but the defense stated that their was an assumption of risk, and they should not be held responsible.

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The judge ruled that the assumption of risk was inherent in the job description when the worker sued the zoo, because he alleged the monkeys were mocking him.

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