Last Clear Chance

Definition - What does Last Clear Chance mean?

Last clear chance is a legal principle in tort law, which states that even if a plaintiff was contributorily negligent, they can still sue a defendant for damages if the defendant could have taken reasonable care to avoid creating a loss for the plaintiff. This principle is often relevant in auto accident cases.

Justipedia explains Last Clear Chance

Last clear chance is often relevant when a driver can easily avoid causing an accident, but chooses not to do so. For example, if a person's car breaks down on a road, and if a driver driving behind this car has more than enough time to avoid hitting the car, but still decides to hit the car, then this could cause the plaintiff to seek damages from the defendant under the last clear chance doctrine.

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