Compensating the Victims of Your Negligence
Webcast Q&A: Sunday, 26 February 2012, Question 3
In the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on 26 February 2012, I answered a question on compensating the victims of your negligence.
What should you do for a person that you injured in a car accident that was your fault? Does a person have moral obligations – over and above any legal obligations – to the victim, since the accident was due to your own carelessness or mistake?
My Answer, In Brief: If you've harmed someone by your negligence, your moral and legal obligation is to make them whole by compensating them for the harm you've caused.
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