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- A maxim where the very improbable facts of an accident imply the negligence of the defendant. It effectively shifts the burden of proof to the defendant.
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- n. a rule of evidence whereby the negligence of an alleged wrongdoer can be inferred from the fact that the accident happened
From the Latin phrase rēs ipsa loquitur ("the thing speaks for itself"). (Wiktionary)