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Accident

An unintended event that causes harm of any kind. An accident may be unavoidable; for example, one may hit a deer while driving a car, despite taking all appropriate precautions, simply because the deer ran in front of the car. Other accidents are the result of negligence; for example, a driver may unintentionally hit another car because he was speeding and under the influence of alcohol. The party responsible for paying damages in the event of an accident depends on a number of factors, notably which party, if any, was negligent. In some cases, one may be responsible for paying damages even if there was no negligence. Lawsuits attempting to determine responsibility are commonplace. See also: Indemnity.
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When the choice, however, is being made by a fully functional algorithm that changes its decision-process over time, it will be impossible to find that the manufacturer had violated any duty to the chosen victim of an unavoidable accident. First, the only choice the manufacturer made was to use a functional algorithm.
An operator may overestimate the risk of harm and take control when a truly unavoidable accident is not about to occur.
Having the film speeded--up whether accidentally, as the Pentagon insists, or intentionally (and how will we know for sure?)--helped Clark make his case that the bombing was an unavoidable accident.
"Having viewed the video and read the interim report, it was an unavoidable accident which could not have been foreseen.''
Was the Metro crash last spring an unavoidable accident? The Times reveals that the train operator's repeated requests for per, mission to switch from computerized to manual controls were rebuffed by his bullying boss.
That was an unavoidable accident.' The plane was in the wrong place (a war zone) at the wrong time (when the U.S.
Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said the MGB informed Philex of its decision in a letter sent on Tuesday rejecting the company's explanation that the spill of 20.6 million metric tons of sediments from a tailing pond of the Philex facility in Itogon, Benguet, was "force majeure," or an unavoidable accident.
The shocked driver stopped and an inquest later ruled the teenager's death was the result of an unavoidable accident.
In his second race at Kansas Speedway ( Kansas, USA,) he didn't fare as well, getting in only seven laps before an unavoidable accident ended his day.
The credit crunch was not an unavoidable accident, it was an entirely man-made crisis.