4-Year-Old Can Be Sued, Judge Rules in Bike Case

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    4-Year-Old Can Be Sued, Judge Rules in Bike Case

    She was racing another 4 year old on her bike...


    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/29/nyregion/29young.html?_r=1

    She was FOUR freaking years old. WTF is going on in America?
     
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    when i was 5, i hit a softball through someone's window....broke it. my mom went to the owner of the house with me, and apologized for what i did and offered to pay for the new window to replace the one i damaged, even though it was an accident, on my part....and even though we were poor and mom had to make arrangements with this neighbor to make weekly installments till it was paid. My quarter a week allowance was taken away from me for a while as well....

    i am not certain if my situation relates, or not....but this story brought it to mind....more how things have changed....back then, we faced who we wronged, and offered our own restitution without ''the courts''...

    i also learned to be more careful...
     
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    This is the most moronic thing I've read. FOUR?? The judge is a fucking idiot not only in the ruling of the four year old, but in the bolded above.

    National Center for Safe Routes to School: At what age can children walk to school by themselves?

    Why? Younger children are short and cannot see far enough down the road or around parked cars, cannot judge the speed of the car like an older child/adult can, cannot judge if they have enough time to cross before the car hits them; they have not matured enough to do this.
     
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    i don't think the child should be held negligent at that age.

    but her parents, could be.

    my mom and dad took responsibility for what damage i had caused is not unreasonable.
     
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    I did the same with my four year old when she broke a window. What restitution other than an apology can she come up with? For the rest of her life she will be paying any judgment that may be handed down if it is large.

    IMO this is setting a dangerous precedent. Show me a "reasonably prudent" four year old. Does such a creature even exist?
     
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    I can understand allowing the suit to go forward, but why would anyone want to sue a four year old? They have no money. How many juries are going to be like "She would have known better." It's a 4 year old.

    I've heard that it's actually this woman's estate that is suing the kid. Apparently she died at a later point of time for something unrelated. At least if I heard correctly.

    So stupid.
     
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    The judge should spend a weekend with a couple of four year olds so he can see just how 'reasonably prudent' they are. :cuckoo: :cuckoo:
     
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    yup this is america where you sue anyone of any age.

    Seriously common sense is no more in this country.
     
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    the suit names the parents and child....it should not include the child imho.
     
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    Must be a Libertarian Judge, they believe that suing people of any age is appropriate punishment. In fact it is the corner stone of their Judicial belief.
     

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