Can you distinguish actual cause and proximate cause? Legal homework

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Can you distinguish actual cause and proximate cause?

Jan 14th, 2016

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The actual cause is the direct result of an action. An actual cause is what "actually" caused the situation.

By comparison, a proximate cause is a result of the actual cause. If the actual cause had not occurred, the proximate cause would not occur either.

The best and oldest analogy is that of a car accident. If you get into a car accident and are injured because your car's safety mechanisms (airbag, seatbelt, etc) are faulty, the car accident is the ACTUAL cause of your injuries. However, the proximate cause is the faulty seatbelt.


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