Strict Liability Torts: Definition and Examples


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Bumbo has a snake juggling act in the local circus. He often brings home his pythons after work. One day, the snakes get loose and find their way to Millie's back yard. Millie walks over to the snakes to shoo them away and is bitten on the hand. What tort is Bumbo liable for?

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1. The Great Flying Carmelo has a high wire act in a local casino. He suspends himself over the casino floor and does very dangerous tricks. On the weekends, he practices in the yard of his rented house. This particular weekend, he fell and injured his back and neck. What is the scope of liability for Carmelo's landlord?

2. The local fire department is conducting a few drills to prepare them for the upcoming dry season when many fires break out. As part of their drill set, they plan on driving on the highway at a rate of speed higher than the speed limit while spraying their fire hoses at the shoulder of the road. If a passerby is injured as a result, what will the court look at?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and attached worksheet will help gauge your understanding of strict liability torts. Topics you will need to know in order to pass the quiz include injuries and liabilities under several different scenarios.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to measure your knowledge of:

  • Owner liability for possessing animals
  • Self-injury liability
  • Responsibilities of the court to the community
  • Liabilities of manufacturers

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related strict liability torts lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about strict torts related to injuries inflicted by animals in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding self-injury liability and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about torts involving manufactured items

Additional Learning

To learn more about strict liability torts, review the lesson called Strict Liability Torts: Definition and Examples, which covers the following objectives:

  • Define strict liability torts
  • Review torts related to livestock, abnormally dangerous animals, and wild animals
  • Describe and abnormally dangerous act
  • Explain product liability