dd6753d4-5dd5-4b77-a527-7d1c48e798ae.doc page 288 Atlantic Coast Line R. Co. v. Daniels, Court of Appeals of GA, 1911 Issue Reasoning Can’t just say that: if the cause had not existed, then the effect would not have occurred. This would lead to unsatisfactory results. This would lead to absurd arguments: one could then argue that the accident wouldn’t have happened if the ∏ was not born. Courts will look at what is practical within the scope of ordinary human understanding. Rule Facts Courts have to ask: Was the wrongful act the proximate cause? Held Procedure P argues D argues Reductio ad absurdum Technique of argument which disproves an hypothesis by pointing out the absurdity of its logical conclusion Proximate means: Next, nearest, immediately before or after in order.