HorseSolicitor was instructed to claim damages in connection with a road traffic accident.
The circumstances of the accident were that a young rider was riding her pony along a country lane when a motorcyclist came around a bend and lost control of his vehicle.
The motorcycle went down on to its side, slide across the lane and in to the pony’s legs causing injury. Luckily the rider sustained no injuries.
Liability was initially denied. The third party claimed that the pony was out of control prior to the accident, presented a hazard and was the cause of the accident.
HorseSolicitor alleged fault against the third party on the basis that he was traveling too fast for the road conditions towards a sharp bend. On seeing the pony and rider he negligently failed to keep control of his vehicle.
Court proceedings were commenced by HorseSolicitor and liability was admitted in full by the third party prior to trial.
The claim was settled outside of court. Veterinary evidence was used to support a claim for a new competition pony. The pony that had been involved in the accident was no longer fit for purpose. Whilst it could be ridden as a hacking horse it was no longer safe enough in traffic for a young rider. It was also physically unable to perform as a competition pony.
The following heads of claim were included:
- Veterinary bills
- Cost of a new competition pony
- Policy excess
- Additional hay and straw
- Additional mucking out and care
- Loss of use
HorseSolicitor’s lawyers are experts in recovering compensation following horse riding accidents.