The Duty of Adults to Children

Generally, the law requires a person to exercise the degree of care that a reasonably prudent person would exercise under the same circumstances. This is called “the duty of reasonable care.” A person who breaches his duty of reasonable care is guilty of negligence.

Adults have a special duty of care with respect to children. Adults are legally required to exercise a greater degree of care for the safety of children because children lack the intelligence and experience of adults. For example, when driving past a school, an adult has a legal duty to anticipate that a child might unexpectedly run into the street.

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