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Responsibilities of Premises Owner in Dangerous Area

A recent case caught my eye-  a customer went to a gas station where he was assaulted, set on fire and eventually died.  As it turns out, this gas station was in a recognized high-crime area where drug dealers were known to congregate.  The claim of inadequate security was alleged against the station ower-  through investigation and discovery, it was determined that the exterior cameras were broken, the lighting was poor and a former employee was prepared to testify that he sometimes called the police to escort him to his car.  All these factors- and others- played into the decision by the owner's insurer to settle this case for a very large amount of money.

Seaworthiness of Vessels

I was reading recently about a case involving a very unfortunate occurrence.  Specifically, a worker on a commercial boat drowned while out to sea.   Although noone saw him fall overboard, the theory of liability was the following:  the boat was not seaworthy since it had safety chains- not a fixed guardrail- on its sides and there was a break in the bulwarks; and the ship and its owners had no consistent policy regarding the mandatory usage of personal flotation devices while on deck nor did they require workers to work in tandem with others.

Bus Driver's Negligence

I recently read about a case which occurred in New Jersey.  In that case, the bus driver dropped off a 17-year old student about 3/10 of a mile from her designated bus stop-  apparently so as to be able to complete his route more quickly.  This forced the student to walk along the road since there were no sidewalks adjacent to said road. 

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