What is Duty?
Duty is a standard of care owed by one entity or individual to an individual citizen. It calls for required action on the party charged with the duty. In general, in the United States, any member of the general public is charged with no duty to others, besides not acting in a way that is negligent or reckless.
In other words, as long as one person is not acting so as to create a dangerous situation for others (for example, by driving on the public roadway at speeds in excess of 30 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit,) then that person owes no standard of care to other persons.
To illustrate, if a citizen is walking on a bridge over a body of water, and that citizen observes a person in the process of drowning in that body of water, that citizen has no obligation to act in saving the drowning person. Reprehensible as it is, the citizen has no legal obligation to save the other, even if it may be as easy as throwing a nearby life saving buoy to the drowning party.
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