direct and proximate cause
The immediate reason that something happened that caused harm to another person. The words are often used together, as in "The defendant's negligent act in running the red light was the direct and proximate cause of the plaintiff's injuries." (See also: legal cause)
Category: Accidents & Injuries
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

direct and proximate cause
n.
   the immediate reason damage was caused by an act or omission (negligence); the negligence must have caused the damages, without intervention of another party, and can- not be remote in time or place. Example (in a complaint): "Defendant's negligent acts (speeding and losing control of his vehicle) directly and proximately caused plaintiff's injuries."
   See also: cause, complaint, proximate cause

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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