Voluntary Ignorance Law and Legal Definition

Voluntary ignorance refers to unaware states that result from the neglect to take reasonable steps to acquire an important knowledge. This situation arises, when a party might by taking reasonable pain, have acquired the necessary knowledge, but neglected the same.

Voluntary ignorance constitutes negligence when the detection of danger can be accomplished by reasonable vigilance. [Forcier v. Grand Union Stores, 128 Vt. 389 (Vt. 1970)]. However, in Thompson v. Green Mountain Power Corp., 120 Vt. 478 (Vt. 1958), the court held “knowledge of the true facts may be essential to careful conduct, and where knowledge is required, voluntary ignorance is culpable and affords no protection from legal liability.”