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Responsibility

March 04, 1985

In your article (Feb. 21) on joint-and several-liabilities you cite the case of a 16-year-old boy who suffered brain damage while a passenger in a car of a friend who had been drinking. The young man sued his friend and the County of Los Angeles and won a large settlement.

Nowhere in this article or in any other similar articles that I have read, is the subject of responsibility for one's action ever mentioned. Surely this young man knew that his friend had been drinking. Why did he accept a ride?

When are we going to be held accountable for our own actions? This ridiculous trend of suing everyone in sight for our own lack of good judgment has got to stop some time or we are going to become a country of inconsiderate and discourteous people afraid of coming to anybody's aid for fear of being sued.

MRS. THOMAS EISER

Canoga Park

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