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What is Causation?

Mathew Kerbis, The Subscription Attorney

This show brings bite-sized educational minutes every week about different legal topics.

On today’s episode, Mathew Kerbis, The Subscription Attorney, answers the question, "What is causation?"

Causation is when one thing happens because of another.

In the law, causation is when you do something that causes something else that has a consequence.

Think back to our episode on negligence. If cars in front of you were stopping at a red light and you went to press the brake but didn't press it soon enough, that may cause the front of your car to make contact with the back of the car in front of you. Accidentally not stopping caused that accident. That's an actual cause or a but-for cause.

Proximate causation means somebody did something that caused something else that caused something else. Let's say your friend spun you around making you so dizzy that it was not safe to drive, but you drove anyway. If you cause an accident because you were too dizzy, your friend might also be responsible if there's an accident.

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The Law for Kids Podcast brings bite-sized educational minutes every week about different legal topics.