Immediate Cause Law and Legal Definition

Immediate cause is the final act in a series of provocations that leads to a particular result or event. This would directly produce the result without intervention of any further provocation. Immediate cause means the action that resulted in the consequence. For example, if an individual who was driving while intoxicated crashed his/her car and was killed, the immediate cause of death was the crash. However, the proximate cause was the individual's state of intoxication.