This chapter reviews the objectives of tort law, including deterrence, allocation of the costs of injuries, corrective justice, and civil recourse. It describes how these aims implicate the psychology of decision making in tort. In seeking to accomplish its objectives, the law of torts is inevitably concerned with how legal rules influence behavior, how the psychology of decision makers interacts with the legal rules, and how jurors and judges evaluate and respond to the behavior of both plaintiffs and defendants.
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