Kerr v. Connecticut Co.
The reasonably prudent deaf man. Kerr v. Connecticut Co.
P’s decedent was old guy with bad hearing. He was walking along a trolley line, driver saw Kerr and sounded his gong, Kerr did not hear it and trolley killed kerr.
Trial court found negligence on Kerr’s part but no negligence on part of the trolley driver.
P appealed and Connecticut Supreme Court affirmed:
This court told us that a deaf person has a responsibility in that he knew that he could not hear the bell or gong of an approaching car from the rear, and that a reasonably prudent deaf man would have the duty to take such care under these circumstances.