$267,745 Judgement to Woman Hit by Car While on Horseback
Connecticut high school student receives compensation for her injuries after being struck by a vehicle while on horseback.
The AccidentOn September 16, 2011, the plaintiff, a 16 year old student from Amity Regional High School was hiding her horse on Fairwood Road near its intersection with Deerfield Lane in Bethany, Connecticut. Defendant, Calude Errera was driving down Fairwood Road when she veered across its center line, causing her to hit the plaintiff's horse and throw the plaintiff to the road's surface.
The InjuriesAs a result of the collision, the plaintiff suffered physical injuries to both hands, as well as a fractured wrist. She also sustained a head injury which causes her frequent migraines and impaired vision. These injuries have caused the defendant to experience more difficulty in school than she had prior. Additionally, the plaintiff claims to have also suffered emotional trauma as a result of the accident, given the she witnessed the death of her horse, Honey, who she claimed to be her best friend.
The OutcomeBased on the police report and the parties' testimony, the court found the defendant solely liable for the collision, reporting no contributory negligence on behalf of the plaintiff.
The court awarded the plaintiff $17,745 in past economic damages, the sum of her reported medical bills, and $250,000 in non-economic damages.