CERTIORARI TO THE CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEAL FOR THE ELEVENTH CIRCUIT Syllabus. 1002; Cordell v. N.Y.C. & N.Y.R. 292 U.S. 98. 464, at page 469, 14 N.E.2d 714, 716 the court said: ... we are also justified in citing Pokora v. Wabash Ry. 2. 2, 1934) Brief Fact Summary. App. & St. L.R. [4] We limit it accordingly. Hellman, Deborah 2009. One must remember that while the traveler turns his eyes in one direction, a train or a loose engine may be approaching from the other. & St. L.R. Thank you and the best of luck to you on your LSAT exam. Pokora v. Wabash RR F: P's truck hit by oncoming train when crossing RR- vision obscured by box car H: Cardozo contrasts w/Holmes desire for set standard- says P acted in most cautious manner possible given circumstances, so not responsible → limits Goodman decision ("source of confusion") Co. v. Goodman, supra, which goes farther than the earlier cases, is there support for such a rule. The burden of establishing the defense of contributory negligence in a personal injuries case is on the defendant. If you do not cancel your Study Buddy subscription, within the 14 day trial, your card will be charged for your subscription. & Q.R. Baltimore & O.R. Pokora v. Wabash Railway Co., 292 U.S. 98 (1934) Pokora v. Wabash Railway Co. No. See also: Dobson v. St. Louis S.F.R. There is no standard requiring that Plaintiff always get out and look and listen for a train each time he comes upon a track, because that is uncommon conduct. 283; Thompson v. Pennsylvania R. Co., 215 Pa. 113; 64 Atl. P stopped, looked as well as he could, and listened, and heard no bell or whistle. 133; cf. A jury, but not the court, might say that with faculties thus limited, he should have found some other means of assuring himself of safety before venturing to cross. While amendments to § 34 have from time to time been suggested, the section stands as originally enacted. He moved past the track and heard no bell or whistle and as he reached the main track, he was hit by a train. St. J. Dolan v. D. & H.C. Co., 71 N.Y. 285, 288, 289; Davis v. N.Y.C. 788; Vaca v. Southern Pacific Co., 91 Cal. Synopsis of Rule of Law. There is no doubt that the opinion in that case is correct in its result. Pacific Co., 177 Cal. See, e.g., Judson v. Central Vermont R. Co., 158 N.Y. 597, 605, 606; 53 N.E. Co., 47 N.Y. 400, 402. You also agree to abide by our. Norfolk & W. Ry. Co., 223 Mo. P drove slowly … Issue: Was … Pokora was not protected by his glimpse of 130 feet if the train at the same moment was 150 feet away or farther. 213. POKORA v. WABASH RY. FACTS: Pokora (P) drove a truck up to a Wabash (D) railroad crossing that had four tracks. Unlock your Study Buddy for the 14 day, no risk, unlimited use trial. This means you can view content but cannot create content. POKORA v. WABASH RAILWAY CO. No. Co. v. Goodman, 275 U.S. 66. Other courts, the majority, adopt the rule that the traveler must look and listen, but that the existence of a duty to stop depends upon the circumstances, and hence generally, even if not invariably, upon the judgment of the jury. 24, 72 L.Ed. 625; Georgia Railroad & Banking Co. v. Stanley, 38 Ga. App. Every Bundle includes the complete text from each of the titles below: PLUS: Hundreds of law school topic-related videos from The Understanding Law Video Lecture Series™: Monthly Subscription ($19 / Month) Annual Subscription ($175 / Year). CO. 292 U.S. 98 (1934). After coming to a stop at a train crossing where the intersection with the road was obscured, the Plaintiff, Pakora’s (Plaintiff) truck, was hit by an oncoming train. Where was Pokora to leave his truck after getting out to reconnoitre? If we assume that by reason of the box cars, there was a duty to stop again when the obstructions had been cleared, that duty did not arise unless a stop could be made safely after the point of clearance had been reached. ceptions and that exceptions prove the rule. Pokora brought suit against Wabash for negligence. United States Supreme Court. Chicago, B. Evidently Congress has intended throughout the years that the rule of decision as construed should continue to govern federal courts in trials at common law. Willfully Blind for Good Reason.Criminal Law and Philosophy, Vol. Co., supra; Key v. Carolina & N.W.R. In California, negligence in a given instance is determined basically by what a reasonably prudent person would have done in the same situation. Held. The burden of establishing the defense of contributory negligence in a personal injuries case is on the defendant. Besides being uncommon it is very futile and sometimes dangerous. 557, 566; 37 S.W. L. & N.R. Plaintiff was killed while attempting to cross Wabash Ry. 424; cf. U.S. Reports: Pokora v. Wabash RY. Tutorial Questions for Week 1 The Tutorial Questions are designed to ensure that you have … Still listening, he crossed the switch, and reaching the main track was struck by a passenger train coming from the north at a speed of twenty-five to thirty miles an hour. Mr. Homer Hall, with whom Mr. Walter M. Allen was on the brief, for respondent. App. To some extent, at least, there was assurance in the thought that the defendant would not run its train at such a time and place without sounding bell or whistle. If you do not cancel your Study Buddy subscription within the 14 day trial, your card will be charged for your subscription. The famous case of Pokora v. Wabash Ry., 292 U.S. 98 (1934) held that a jury would not be allowed to find a driver negligent because he failed to adopt the precaution plan of getting out of his car and looking down railroad tracks when he possessed a foreshortened view of these tracks from the driver’s seat. A writ of certiorari brings the case here. Besides being uncommon, it is very likely to be futile, and sometimes even dangerous. & O.R. Nice calculations are submitted in an effort to make out that there was a glimpse of the main track before the switch was fully cleared. Co., supra. (2d) 528; Turner v. Minneapolis, St. P. & S.S.M.R. He did not get out of his truck to try to obtain a better view. You can access the new platform at https://opencasebook.org. Facts: In this case, a guy was driving his truck and a string of boxcars cut off his view of the tracks. 169; 129 Atl. 753, 762; 279 Pac. Synopsis of Rule of Law. Prepared by Candice. To get out of a vehicle is uncommon precaution, as everyday experience informs us. 564; Dobson v. St. Louis S.F.R. 1. Plaintiff did not get out of his vehicle to obtain a better view as required by the opinion in Baltimore & Ohio R.R. This is the old version of the H2O platform and is now read-only. 36. Procedural History: Relying on Goodman, trial court and then court of appeals upheld directed verdict for the railroad. Co., 90 Mo. There were boxcars on the first track and P could not see the tracks to the north. CO. 292 U.S. 98 54 S.Ct. Criticism of the stop, look and listen instruction stems from the crystallization of a question of fact which the jury should determine into a rule of law which the jury must follow. ), c. 114, ¶ 84. For all that appears he had no view of the main track northward, or none for 101*101 a substantial distance, till the train was so near that escape had been cut off. Co., 150 S.C. 29, 35; 147 S.E. Email Address: You can opt out at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in our newsletter, If you have not signed up for your Casebriefs Cloud account Click Here, Thank you for registering as a Pre-Law Student with Casebriefs™. Pennsylvania R. Co. v. Yingling, 148 Md. This is the old version of the H2O platform and is now read-only. The opinion just announced suggests that Mr. Warren's research has … 560; 252 N.Y. 546, 170 N.E. So a train at a neighboring station, apparently at rest and harmless, may be transformed in a few seconds into an instrument of destruction. Train (defendant) strikes and injures plaintiff. By the time he regains his seat and sets his car in motion, the hidden train may be upon him. At times the course of safety may be different. Argued March 8, 9, 1934. In such circumstances the question, we think, was for the jury whether reasonable caution forbade his going forward in reliance on the sense of hearing, unaided by that of sight. 405. POKORA 6 v. WABASH RY. At the same time he listened. Co., supra; Key v. Carolina & N.W.R. Failure to get out of a vehicle and look before crossing a railroad track is not … 3, Issue. Plaintiff came to a full stop, waited to listen for a whistle or bell. Duty is determined by foreseeable risks and foreseeability of risks changes with circumstances. Co., 226 App. The defendant did not show whether there was a locomotive at the forward end, or whether the cars were so few that a locomotive could be seen. The rule of Pokora v. Wabash Railway has since been followed in the federal courts. 185 Plaintiff approaches a railroad crossing in his automobile. Case: Pokora v. Wabash Ry. 544 (1933). If you would like access to the new version of the H2O platform and have not already been contacted by a member of our team, please contact us at h2o@cyber.law.harvard.edu. Court Documents. 205, 208, 234 N.Y.S. Ry. The inquiry, if pursued, would lead us into the thickets of conflicting judgments. Argued: March 8, 9, 1934. Co., supra. Baltimore & Ohio R. Co. v. Goodman, supra.Pokora v. Wabash Ry. CERTIORARI TO THE CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SEVENTH CIRCUIT. Co., 1934, 292 U.S. 98, 54 S.Ct. The opinion in Goodman's case has been a source of confusion in the federal courts to the extent that it imposes a standard for application by the judge, and has had only wavering support in the courts of the states. 675 Williams v. Iola Electric R. Co., 102 Kan. 268, 271; 170 Pac. v. Goodman, 275 U.S. 66, 48 S.Ct. He did this at a point about ten or fifteen feet east of the switch ahead of him. Because there is no guide of customary conduct, the safeguards and judgment of Plaintiff is for the jury to decide and not the judge. Important Paras. Argued March 8, 9, 1934. [3] Some courts apply what is often spoken of as the Pennsylvania rule, and impose an unyielding duty to stop, as well as to look and listen, no matter how clear the crossing or the tracks on either side. The argument is made, however, that our decision in B. Issue. In default of the guide of customary conduct, what is suitable for the traveler caught in a mesh where the ordinary safeguards fail him is for the judgment of a jury. Pokora v. Wabash Railway Co. (U.S. 1934) Posted on February 13, 2015 | Torts | Tags Torts Case Briefs. Supreme Court of the United States. videos, thousands of real exam questions, and much more. Extraordinary situations may not wisely or fairly be subjected to 106*106 tests or regulations that are fitting for the common-place or normal. MR. JUSTICE CARDOZO delivered the opinion of the Court. In this crossing of the railway, the accident occurred. The crossing was obscured by boxcars, making it so the Plaintiff could not see the oncoming train. P stopped, looked, and listened as well as he could and proceeded slowly. v. Goodman 4. If you are interested, please contact us at [email protected] The standard of care in negligence cases is "for the judgment of a jury". 3, p. 301. If the driver leaves his vehicle when he nears a cut or curve, he will learn nothing by getting out about the perils that lurk beyond. v. Wabash Railway Co. No. Mr. Homer Hall, of St. Louis, Mo., for respondent. 449, 454; 248 S.W. Ry. Train (defendant) strikes and injures plaintiff. The rule allocates the burden of preventing crossing accidents between railroad and traveler, and in this it closely resembles Holmes's rejected "stop, look, and listen" rule, Baltimore Ohio R.R. Your Study Buddy will automatically renew until cancelled. Indeed, Holmes might have parried by suggesting that the definition of a standard of conduct by means of a legal rule is predict- able and certain, whereas standards and juries are not. Co., supra; Gills v. N.Y.C. The actions of a plaintiff depend on the situation and the circumstances, and it is up to the jury to decide whether a particular course of action was reasonable. 100*100 The defendant has four tracks on Tenth Street, a switch track on the east, then the main track, and then two switches. He stopped, tried to look and listen for a train, but heard nothing. address. Reasonable person acts in reference to foreseeable risks under average circumstances. Two feet farther back the track was visible, it is said, for about 130 or 140 feet. NATURE OF THE CASE: This was an action to recover personal injury damages for negligence. 1149, which involved a crossing accident in Springfield, Illinois. 812, 822; 10 S.W. Co. v. Goodman, supra, is a barrier in the plaintiff's path, irrespective of the conclusion that might commend itself if the question were at large. 104*104 Choice between these diversities of doctrine is unnecessary for the decision of the case at hand. If he was to leave it on the switch, there was the possibility that the box cars would be shunted down upon him before he could regain his seat. Co., 164 Minn. 335, 341: 205 N.W. Casebriefs is concerned with your security, please complete the following, Intentionally Inflicted Harm: The Prima Facie Case And Defenses, Strict Liability And Negligence: Historic And Analytic Foundations, Multiple Defendants: Joint, Several, And Vicarious Liability, LSAT Logic Games (June 2007 Practice Exam), LSAT Logical Reasoning I (June 2007 Practice Exam), LSAT Logical Reasoning II (June 2007 Practice Exam), You can opt out at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in our newsletter, Lyons v. Midnight Sun Transportation Services, Inc, Uhr v. East Greenbush Central School District, 290 U.S. 624, 54 S. Ct. 346, 78 L. Ed. Pokora was an ice dealer, and had come to the crossing to load his truck with ice. Please check your email and confirm your registration. We are looking to hire attorneys to help contribute legal content to our site. 548; 2 S.W. UCLA LAW REVIEW. P sued D in negligence. Co., 70 N.Y. 119. 167 (1927), overruled in Pokora v. Wabash Ry., 292 U.S. 98, 54 S.Ct. Jurisdiction: P was hit by a train. (Pokora v. Wabash Railway Co.) 20 In the Pokora case, the plaintiff was injured when his truck was struck by a train on a railroad crossing in a populous city. For reasons already stated, the testimony permits the inference that the truck was in the zone of danger by the time the field of vision was enlarged. 585. Procedural History: Relying on Goodman, trial court and then court of appeals upheld directed verdict for the railroad. But the court did not stop there. * To get out of the train to look and listen for oncoming trains is not natural behavior in its customary form, but a rule artificially developed and imposed. Co. v. Kayenbuhl. The tracks of the Wabash Railway are laid along Tenth street, which runs north and south. The … Illustrations such as these bear witness to the need for caution in framing standards of behavior that amount to rules of law. & H.R.R. 397. The tracks of the Wabash Railway are laid along Tenth street, which runs north and south. 30; 48 Atl. 514, and cases cited; Love v. Fort Dodge R. Co., 207 Iowa 1278, 1286; 224 N.W. v. Holbrook, 27 F. (2d) 326. No. Thank you. 815; Turner v. Minneapolis R. Co., supra; Wisconsin & Arkansas Lumber Co. v. Brady, 157 Ark. 1, 10; 169 Pac. April 2, 1934. U.S. Supreme Court, 1934 292 U.S. 98 Pg. Pokora v. Wabash Railway Co. (U.S. 1934) | Case Brief Summary. A train traveling at a speed of thirty miles per hour will cover a quarter of a mile in 30 seconds. 1. 137; Schrader v. N.Y.C. & O.R. Brief Fact Summary. Co. v. Ives, supra. 8 Argued March 8, 9, 1934. Co., supra; Georgia Railroad & Banking Co. v. Stanley, supra; Miller v. N.Y.C.R. It may thus emerge out of obscurity as the driver turns his back to regain the waiting car, and may then descend upon him suddenly when his car is on the track. Rule: unless reasonable minds could not differ on the standard of care which measure actions of P and D, the jury would decide. 1149, which involved a crossing accident in Springfield, Illinois. Facts: Pokora was driving his truck west across four railroad tracks during daylight. Decided April 2, 1934. 99*99 Mr. W. St. John Wines for petitioner. 379. Baltimore & Ohio R.R. The Circuit Court of Appeals (one judge dissenting) affirmed, 66 F. (2d) 166, resting its judgment on the opinion of this court in B. MR. JUSTICE CARDOZO delivered the opinion of the Court. 690; Parsons v. Syracuse, B. Cf. The closest track was a switch track and ... Read full Brief | Leave a comment. Pokora v. Wabash Ry., 292 U.S. at 103-06. P. 292 U. S. 100. 5. To get out of a vehicle and reconnoitre is an uncommon precaution, as everyday experience informs us. To get out of a vehicle is uncommon precaution, as everyday experience informs us. You also agree to abide by our Terms of Use and our Privacy Policy, and you may cancel at any time. & O.R. 9 Decided April 2, 1934. Blyth v. Birmingham Waterworks Co. Pokora, driving west along Edwards Street, stopped at the first of these corners to get his load of ice, but found so many trucks ahead of him that he decided to try the depot on the other side of the way. Div. Johnson v. Seaboard Air Line R. Co., 163 N.C. 431; 79 S.E. Miller v. Union Pacific R. Co., 290 U.S. 227, 232. Co.’s (Defendant’s) four railroad tracks. Instead of helping himself by getting out, he might do better to press forward with all his faculties alert. 11. sister projects: Wikidata item. One can figure to oneself a roadbed so level and unbroken that getting out will be a gain. There is a crossing at Edwards Street running east and west. The burden of establishing the defense of contributory negligence in a personal injuries case is on the defendant. Upon the trial of his suit for damages, the District Court held that he had been guilty of contributory negligence, and directed a verdict for the defendant. Murray v. So. Co., 292 U.S. 98 (1934). As Pokora crossed the railroad tracks, he was hit by an unseen train. D's boxcars were on one of the tracks, blocking P's view of the rest of the track. We do 103*103 not now inquire into the existence of a duty to stop, disconnected from a duty to get out and reconnoitre. You have successfully signed up to receive the Casebriefs newsletter. Co.’s (Defendant’s) four railroad tracks. POKORA V. WABASH RY. 323; Hines v. Cooper, 205 Ala. 70; 88 So. See, e.g., Dobson v. St. Louis S.F. This does not mean, however, that if vision was cut off by obstacles, there was negligence in going on, any more than there would have been in trusting to his ears if vision had been cut off by the darkness of the night. * Courts declare standards of prudent conduct at times, but they are taken over by the facts of life. All this the plaintiff, like any other reasonable traveler, might fairly take into account. 2. Your Study Buddy will automatically renew until cancelled. But the view from that position does not tell us anything of significance unless we know also the position of the train. As John Pokora (plaintiff) approached the tracks in his truck, he could not see the main track. 633; Gills v. N.Y.C. CO. Citation Pokora v. Wabash R. Co., 292 U.S. 98, 54 S. Ct. 580, 78 L. Ed. Pokora. Torgeson v. Missouri-K.-T.R. Decided April 2, 1934. 272; Dolan v. D. & H.C. Co., supra; Huckshold v. St. L., I.M. Pokora v. Wabash Ry., 292 U.S. at 104-06. Thank you. Trimarco v. Klein 6. 14,000 + case briefs, hundreds of Law Professor developed 'quick' Black Letter Law. There was neither bell nor whistle. View Pokora v. Wabash Railway Co. from LAW Torts at University of Florida. Plaintiff did not get out of his vehicle to obtain a better view as required by the opinion in Baltimore & Ohio R.R. CERTIORARI TO THE CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEAL. The need is the more urgent when there is no background of experience out of which the standards have emerged. 773, 778; 145 S.E. 278; cf. Pokora made his crossing in the day time, but like the traveler by night he used the faculties available to one in his position. Even then the balance of advantage depends on many circumstances and can be easily disturbed. Plaintiff was killed while attempting to cross Wabash Ry. Pokora v. Wabash Railway Company by Benjamin N. Cardozo Syllabus. John Pokora, driving his truck across a railway grade crossing in the city of Spring field, Ill., was struck by a train and injured. Pokora was an ice dealer, and had come to the crossing to load his truck with ice. 523. 580. Behind him was a line of other cars, making ready to follow him. Co., 342 Ill. 455; 174 N.E. Grand Trunk Ry. Standards of prudent conduct are declared at times by courts, but they are taken over from the facts of life. 346; Davis v. Pere Marquette R. Co., 241 Mich. 166, 169; 216 N.W. Co., 124 Kan. 798, 800, 801; 262 Pac. --- Decided: April 2, 1934. & H.R.R. Tedla v. Elman Video Presentation: 1. A string of box cars standing on the switch, about five to ten feet from the north line of Edwards Street, cut off his view of the tracks beyond him to the north. 99 *99 Mr. W. St. John Wines for petitioner. Cf. From the Supreme Court's opinion it appears that plaintiff stopped his … Judgment reversed. Syllabus. 580, 78 L.Ed. There is a crossing at Edwards street running east and west. A train traveling at a speed of thirty miles an hour will cover a quarter of a mile in the space of thirty seconds. No stop would then have helped the plaintiff if he remained seated on his truck, or so the triers of the facts might find. He stops and tries to look, but proceeds without getting out of his car for a better vantage point. As a pre-law student you are automatically registered for the Casebriefs™ LSAT Prep Course. Here the fact is not disputed that the plaintiff did stop before he started to cross the tracks. This means you can view content but cannot create content. Co., 1934, 292 U.S. 98, 54 S. Ct. 580, 78 L. Ed. Cf. View the video presentation by Monday of this week. [2] For a full statement of the facts, see the opinion of the Circuit Court of Appeals, 10 F. (2d) 58, 59. No doubt it was his duty to look along the track from his seat, if looking would avail to warn him of the danger. The burden of proof was on the defendant to make out the defense of contributory negligence. Co., supra. Ry. & St. L.R. Co., 327 Mo. P. 100. The subject has been less considered in this court, but in none of its opinions is there a suggestion that at any and every crossing the duty to stop is absolute, irrespective of the danger. Activities: Activity # 1: Tutorial Questions Activity # 2: Discussion Questions 20180909. 1049 (U.S. Apr. The jury gets to decide whether or not Plaintiff is required to get out of his vehicle and look for trains. Co. SCOTUS - 1934 Facts: P was driving a truck and came to a railroad crossing. If Plaintiff was to leave his vehicle near the curb, there was even stronger reason to believe that the space covered in going back and forth would make his observations worthless. U.S. v. Carroll Towing Co. 3. Wines, of Springfield, Ill., for petitioner. 585. He had failed to leave his vehicle to reconnoiter, after looking and listening for approaching trains, when his view of the main track was obstructed by cars standing on a switch track. We must say whether his failure to do this was negligence so obvious and certain that one conclusion and one only is permissible for rational and candid minds. 1149, 1934 U.S. LEXIS 701, 91 A.L.R. Said the court, "Standards of prudent conduct are declared See, e.g., Torgeson v. Missouri-K.-T.R. Is there a duty for Plaintiff to stop, exit the vehicle, look and listen before crossing a railroad track? "In such circumstances it seems to us that if a driver cannot be sure otherwise whether a train is dangerously near he must stop and get out of his vehicle, although obviously he will not often be required to do more than to stop and look.". FOR THE ELEVENTH CIRCUIT. 13 He was hit by a 30mph moving train. His view was obstructed. In the absence of an Indiana case directly applicable to the special circumstances set up in the complaint here, we are also justified in citing Pokora v. Wabash Ry. Pokora v. Wabash Railway Co. 292 U.S. 98 Prepared by Dirk United States Supreme Court (1934) Facts:-Pokora was driving his truck across railroad tracks (4)-A string of boxcars blocked his view of the last track.-As he passed, he listened for a bell or whistle, heard nothing. & S.R. It added a remark, unnecessary upon the facts before it, which has been a fertile source of controversy. Pokora v. Wabash Ry. with Pokora v. Wabash Railway Co., 292 U.S. 98 (1934) (Cardozo, J.). Not even in B. Opinion of the Court. Wright v. St. Louis S.F. There is a crossing at Edwards street running east and west. Pokora v. Wabash 5. United States Supreme Court. Pokora v. Wabash Ry.. Facts: Plaintiff approaches a railroad crossing in his automobile. In that case, a directed verdict for the defendant railway company was granted. Grand Trunk R. Co. v. Ives, 144 U.S. 408, 417; Flannelly v. Delaware & Hudson Co., 225 U.S. 597. Pokora v. Wabash Railway Co. Friday, August 2 1, 2 015 8:23 A M Supreme Court of the U.S. 1934. [1] The Illinois Act provides: "Every railroad corporation shall cause a bell of at least thirty pounds weight, and a steam whistle placed and kept on each locomotive engine, and shall cause the same to be rung or whistled by the engineer or fireman, at the distance of at least eighty rods from the place where the railroad crosses or intersects any public highway, and shall be kept ringing or whistling until such highway is reached.". 470, 475; 267 Pac. Contra: Koster v. Southern Pacific Co., 207 Cal. Case name Citation Date decided Florida v. United States: 292 U.S. 1: 1934: Missouri v. Missouri Pacific R. Co. 292 U.S. 13: 1934: Gully v. Interstate Natural Gas Co. Co., 205 N.Y. 226, 228; 98 N.E. I think of this case as one in which the court could use cost–benefit analysis to establish an upper … When the front of the truck had come within this zone, Pokora was on his seat, and so was farther back (perhaps five feet or even more), just how far we do not know, for the defendant has omitted to make proof of the dimensions. Pipher v. Parsell. Synopsis of Rule of Law. Martin v. Herzog 7. Pokora v. Wabash Railway Co. (U.S. 1934) Posted on February 13, 2015 | Torts | Tags: Torts Case Briefs. They are then, not the natural flowerings of behavior in its customary forms, but rules artificially developed, and imposed from without. His case was for the jury unless as a matter of law he was subject to a duty to get out of the vehicle before it crossed the switch, walk forward to the front, and then, afoot, survey the scene. There was a possibility that a train would have crossed by the time he got back to his car. 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