What is "assumption of the risk"?

If person X is harmed by person Y, X can sue Y for damages. However, if X was aware the Y's actions would put X's safety at risk and X voluntarily exposed himself to that situation anyway, then X cannot claim damages from Y.

For example, if you know that you're friend is drunk and you get into a car with him anyway, then you cannot sue you friend for the injuries that drunk-driving crash might cause you.

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