68. Effect of application of maxim res ipsa loquitur.

Where the claimant successfully alleges res ipsa loquitur1 its effect is to furnish evidence of negligence on which a court is free to find for the claimant2. If the defendant shows how the accident happened, and that is consistent with absence of negligence on his part, he will displace the effect of the maxim and not be liable3. Proof that there was no negligence by him or those for whom he is responsible will also absolve him from liability