guest statute


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guest statute

n. a state law which sets standards of care by the driver of a car to a non-paying passenger. Although state laws vary, the basic concept is that the social passenger can bring suit for negligence against the driver only for gross negligence if the driver could have foreseen that his/her actions or car could put the rider in great peril. Examples: driving while drunk, going far over the speed limit, playing "chicken", taking chances, driving a car knowing the brakes are faulty, or particularly continuing the reckless driving after the passenger has asked the driver to stop or asked to be let out. (See: guest)

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The passenger sued the driver in New York, and the driver defended himself under the Ontario "guest statute," which held that a driver would not be liable for any injuries suffered by a passenger in the event of an accident.
In so holding, the court found that the policy underlying Ontario's guest statute was to prevent fraudulent claims against Ontario drivers and insurance carriers.
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Guest statutes also adopted distinctive rules for gratuitous transactions, by imposing a higher standard on the driver of an automobile who chauffeurs strangers than one who services guest passengers, who know something of the ability of their hosts.
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