But If Only Part Of Me Hits You, How Can You Sue All Of Me?

Not that you should need one, but here’s another reason to avoid getting yourself hit by a train. If part of your silly ass ends up injuring someone nearby, your estate might end up having to pay for it.

Ruling in what it called a “tragically bizarre” case, an appeals court found that the estate of a man killed by a train while crossing the Edgebrook Metra station tracks can be held liable after a part of his body sent airborne by the collision struck and injured a bystander.
In 2008, Hiroyuki Joho, 18, was hurrying in pouring rain with an umbrella over his head, trying to catch an inbound Metra train due to arrive in about five minutes when he was struck by a southbound Amtrak train traveling more than 70 mph.
A large portion of his body was thrown about 100 feet on to the southbound platform, where it struck Gayane Zokhrabov, then 58, who was waiting to catch the 8:17 a.m. train to work. She was knocked to the ground, her leg and wrist broken and her shoulder injured.
A Cook County judge dismissed Zokhrabov’s lawsuit against Joho’s estate, finding that Joho could not have anticipated Zokhrabov’s injuries.
A state appeals court, after noting that the case law involving “flying bodies” is sparse, has disagreed, ruling that “it was reasonably foreseeable” that the high-speed train would kill Joho and fling his body down the tracks toward a platform where people were waiting.

Yes, this story is from 2011. But helpful information is helpful information no matter how old it might be.

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    1. I do too, for the most part.  But if the argument is that he got hit by the train because he was negligent and not because of something that was out of his control, I think I’m ok with having his corpse pay a dumbshit tax to the person it hit.  Sorry, to the person that a large portion of it hit.  I die every time I read that.

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