The award of actual damages is deleted, and in lieu thereof, temperate damages of ₱25,000.00 is awarded to the heirs of Rhonda Brunty. To even draw closer attention, the railroad crossing may be equipped with a device which rings a bell or turns on a signal light to signify the danger or risk of crossing. THE TRIAL COURT ERRED IN ADJUDGING DEFENDANT-APPELLANT PNR LIABLE FOR THE DAMAGES SUFFERED BY PLAINTIFF-APPELLEE’S MERCEDES BENZ IN THE AMOUNT OF SEVENTY-TWO THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED AND SIXTY PESOS (₱72,760.00). Stated differently, the rule is that the antecedent negligence of a person does not preclude recovery of damages caused by the supervening negligence of the latter, who had the last fair chance to prevent the impending harm by the exercise of due diligence.32 To reiterate, the proximate cause of the collision was the petitioners’ negligence in ensuring that motorists and pedestrians alike may safely cross the railroad track. Seventy-Two Thousand Seven Hundred Sixty Pesos (₱72,760.00) Philippine Currency for damages sustained by the Mercedes Benz; 4. 169891             November 2, 2006. Considering the circumstances prevailing at the time of the fatal accident, it ruled that the alleged safety measures installed by the PNR at the railroad crossing were not merely inadequate – they did not satisfy the well-settled safety standards in transportation.36 However, the CA did not agree with the RTC’s findings on the contributory negligence of Mercelita, the driver of the Mercedes Benz. 30 Cusi v. Philippine National Railways, 179 Phil. The doctrine of last clear chance provides that where both parties are negligent but the negligent act of one is appreciably later in point of time than that of the other, or where it is impossible to determine whose fault or negligence brought about the occurrence of the incident, the one who had the last clear opportunity to avoid the impending harm but failed to do so, is chargeable with the consequences arising therefrom. THE COURT OF APPEALS ERRED IN NOT APPLYING THE DOCTRINE OF LAST CLEAR CHANCE IN THE INSTANT CASE.38, Petitioner insists that the proximate cause of the mishap was Mercelita’s disregard of traffic rules and regulations. i. Fuller v. Illinois Central R.R. By then, PNR Train No. 315, 330 (1997). 90021, which affirmed with modification the Decision2 dated March 20, 2007 of the Regional Trial Court (RTC), Branch 40, Palayan City, and Resolution3 dated October 26, 2009, which denied the petitioners’ motion for reconsideration. ARTEMIO V. PANGANIBANChief JusticeChairperson. I am still on constant medication to be able to sleep and to be able to perform my duties effectively in my job but it does not take away the pain of loss.70, In People v. Teehankee, Jr.,71 and in Metro Manila Transit Corporation v. Court of Appeals,72 we awarded moral damages in the amount of ₱1,000,000.00 to the heirs of the deceased. Stated differently, the antecedent negligence of plaintiff does not preclude him from recovering damages caused by the supervening negligence of defendant, who had the last fair chance to prevent the impending harm by the exercise of due diligence.63 The proximate cause of the injury having been established to be the negligence of petitioner, we hold that the above doctrine finds no application in the instant case. For more information, please contactkreed25@lsu.edu. Contributory negligence is conduct on the part of the injured party, contributing as a legal cause to the harm he has suffered, which falls below the standard which he is required to conform for his own protection. The relatives of the victim who incurred physical injuries in a quasi-delict are not proscribed from recovering moral damages in meritorious cases.67 We, therefore, sustain the award of moral damages in favor of the heirs of Rhonda Brunty. T-71, driven by Alfonso Reyes, was on its way to Tutuban, Metro Manila4 as it had left the La Union station at 11:00 p.m., January 24, 1980. The doctrine of last clear chance, stated broadly, is that the negligence of the plaintiff does not preclude a recov- ery for the negligence of the defendant where it appears that the defendant by exercising reasonable care and pru- French: Torts--Last Clear Chance Doctrine Published by The Research Repository @ WVU, 1930. In the tort-related case of LAMBERT S. RAMOS vs. C.O.L. The existence of negligence in a given case is not determined by reference to the personal judgment of the actor in the situation before him. However, when the train was already ten (10) meters away from the intersection, the passenger jeepney being driven by Reynaldo suddenly crossed the tracks. 157658, October 15, 2007, 536 SCRA 147. The Lawphil Project - Arellano Law Foundation. 975, 980 (1989); Glan People’s Lumber and Hardware v. Intermediate Appellate Court, 255 Phil. 388, 398 (2006); Lambert v. Heirs of Ray Castillon, 492 Phil. Text; News Annotations Related Statutes (1) The doctrine of last clear chance is abolished. However, in utter disregard of the right of way enjoyed by PNR trains, he failed to bring his jeepney to a full stop before crossing the railroad track and thoughtlessly followed the ten-wheeler truck ahead of them. He did so under the impression that it was safe to proceed. What clearly appears is that the accident would not have happened had the petitioners installed reliable and adequate safety devices along the crossing to ensure the safety of all those who may utilize the same. In a long line of cases, the Court held that in order to sustain a claim based on quasi-delict, the following requisites must concur: (1) damage to plaintiff; (2) negligence, by act or omission, of which defendant, or some person for whose acts he must respond was guilty; and (3) connection of cause and effect between such negligence and damage.53 Applying the foregoing requisites, the CA correctly made the following conclusions: It was clearly established that plaintiffs-appellees (respondents herein) sustained damage or injury as a result of the collision. MARIA LOURDES P. A. SERENOAssociate Justice. However, as the heirs of Rhonda Brunty undeniably incurred expenses for the wake and burial of the latter, we deem it proper to award temperate damages in the amount of ₱25,000.00 pursuant to prevailing jurisprudence.65 This is in lieu of actual damages as it would be unfair for the victim’s heirs to get nothing, despite the death of their kin, for the reason alone that they cannot produce receipts.66. When the plaintiff’s own negligence was the immediate and proximate cause of his injury, he cannot recover damages. 374, 388 (1996). That there was negligence on the part of PNR is, likewise, beyond cavil. 47 McKee v. Intermediate Appellate Court, G.R. The unsuspecting driver and passengers of the jeepney did not have any participation in the occurrence of the unfortunate incident which befell them. No. The dispositive portion reads: WHEREFORE, premises considered, the assailed decision is hereby AFFIRMED with PARTIAL MODIFICATIONS, increasing the death indemnity award from ₱30,000.00 to ₱50,000.00, and deleting the award for damages sustained by the Mercedes Benz. This defense essentially provides that the plaintiff had the last opportunity to prevent the harm that occurred and therefore recovery should be barred or reduced. x x x, x x x An examination of the photographs of the railroad crossing at Moncada, Tarlac presented as evidence by PNR itself would yield the following: (1.) The failure of the PNR to put a cross bar, or signal light, flagman or switchman, or semaphore is evidence of negligence and disregard of the safety of the public, even if there is no law or ordinance requiring it, because public safety demands that said device or equipment be installed.29. 67 Macalinao v. Ong, G.R. Thus, absent preceding negligence on the part of the respondents, the doctrine of last clear chance cannot be applied. 51 Estacion v. Bernardo, G.R. After trial on the merits, the RTC rendered its Decision19 on May 21, 1990 in favor of plaintiffs. The doctrine has also been called the doctrine of discovered peril, supervening negligence, subsequent negligence, and the aptly named humanitarian doctrine. vs. Rhonda Brunty, daughter of respondent Ethel Brunty and an American citizen, came to the Philippines for a visit sometime in January 1980. Doctrine of last clear chance. It was about 12:00 midnight, January 25, 1980. The appellate court affirmed the findings of the RTC as to the negligence of the PNR. No. When PNR did not respond, Ethel Brunty and Garcia, filed a complaint9 for damages against the PNR before the RTC of Manila. 3 Penned by Judge Doroteo N. Cañeba; rollo, pp. Whoever, by act or omission, causes damage to another, there being fault or negligence, is obliged to pay for the damage done. 1 Penned by Associate Justice Myrna Dimaranan Vidal, with Associate Justices Portia Aliño-Hormachuelos and Magdangal De Leon, concurring; rollo, pp. A: I felt earnest anguish and mixed feelings of anger and extreme sorrow because she died so far away and alone, and because her death could so easily be prevented if there had been adequate and appropriate warning signals at the railroad crossing and it is just an unbearable and irreparable loss. While crossing the railroad track in Tiaong, Quezon, a Philippine National Railways (PNR) train, then being operated by respondent Japhet Estranas (Estranas), suddenly turned up and rammed the passenger jeepney. (2) Is Mercelita (the driver of the Mercedes Benz) guilty of contributory negligence? Finally, the CA correctly ruled that the doctrine of last clear chance is not applicable in the instant case. It countered that the immediate and proximate cause of the accident was Mercelita’s negligence, and that he had the last clear chance to avoid the accident. Although incapable of pecuniary computation, moral damages must nevertheless be somehow proportional to and in approximation of the suffering inflicted.68 In the instant case, the moral suffering of the heirs of Rhonda Brunty was sufficiently established by Ethel Brunty in her deposition,69 viz: Q: What have you felt as a result of the death of Rhonda? Last Clear Chance Doctrine The last clear chance doctrine is an affirmative defense usually asserted by a defendant to attempt to defeat a negligence claim. 758 (1934). It is a relative or comparative, not an absolute, term and its application depends upon the situation of the parties and the degree of care and vigilance which the circumstances reasonably require.49 In determining whether or not there is negligence on the part of the parties in a given situation, jurisprudence50 has laid down the following test: Did defendant, in doing the alleged negligent act, use that reasonable care and caution which an ordinarily prudent person would have used in the same situation? It insisted that there were adequate, visible, and clear warning signs strategically posted on the sides of the road before the railroad crossing. It is an act or omission amounting to want of ordinary care on the part of the person injured which, concurring with the defendant’s negligence, is the proximate cause of the injury.26 Here, we cannot see how the respondents could have contributed to their injury when they were not even aware of the forthcoming danger. Under this doctrine, a negligent plaintiff can nonetheless recover if he is able to show that the defendant had the last opportunity to avoid the accident. In view of recent jurisprudence, indemnity of ₱50,000.00 for the death of Rhonda Brunty and attorney’s fees amounting to ₱50,000.00 is likewise proper. No. The usual legal fault in tort law is either inten- tional conduct or negligent conduct. CV No. The CA rendered the assailed Decision34 on August 15, 2005. 499, 529-530 (1999). 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