After his Fiat Punto came into deadly contact with a horse that strayed onto a road in Worcester, one driver has filed a car accident claim against the owner of the animal for more than £3.8 million in personal injury compensation.
David Owen of Broadway, aged sixty two, recently told a magazine in an interview that the collision that led to his traffic accident claim occurred when he struck one of two stray horses that had made their way onto the A46.
Mr Owens suffered damage to his lower spine and fractures to his neck in four different places when he collided with the stray horse, which then landed on the roof of his car. As the roof caved in it caused him serious crush injuries that necessitated corrective surgical procedures once he arrived at hospital.
Since the accident Mr Owen has been suffering persistent headaches and still feels pain in his legs, neck, and back. As his injuries have been too severe for him to return to work in the wake of the collision, Mr Owen now finds himself in financial difficulties – his creditors have begun to hound him and have been demanding he put his business premises in Evesham up for sale.
Mr Owens has made a personal injury claim for more than £3,871,000 in personal injury compensation from Amanda Johnson, the owner of the animal. Ms Johnson in Aldington, Evesham, has already entered a plea of guilty for being in breach of the 1971 Animals Act by permitting her horses to be running loose on a public roadway.
After a hearing at Worcester Magistrates’ Court, Ms Johnson was given a fine of £750 in addition to being ordered to pay £60 in court costs.
While no date for it has yet to be confirmed, the court hearing for Mr. Owens’ compensation claim is set to eventually take place in London’s Royal Courts of Justice.