Ripped form the Headlines: Motorcycle Collides with Donkey
Sometimes personal injury cases are truly stranger than fiction. At Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas, we take every case seriously, no matter how silly or out of the norm it may be. We know that what seems strange and unusual to one person is another person’s reality. Today we are going to discuss a case in which a motorcyclist collided with a donkey. Read on to get the details and then reach out to us at 909-982-0707 if you need to take advantage of a free legal consultation with an attorney.
The case involved a person on a motorcycle hitting a donkey
As our headline implies, the case in question involved a motorcycle accident with a donkey. The accident happened on Reche Canyon Road between Colton, Loma Linda, and Moreno Valley. It happened just after dark at 8:45 PM near Black Stallion Drive. The man broke his arm but the situation worked out poorly for the donkey, who lost his life.
Does the motorcyclist have any rights in this matter?
It may seem obvious that the motorcycle driver is responsible for the costs of his own injuries. After all, he cannot sue a donkey and even if it were legal to sue a donkey, the donkey is deceased. If you believe this is a cut and dry case, do not think so fast! There are several situations in which the motorcycle driver may indeed have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit.
The owner of the donkey may be found at-fault
If the owner of the donkey knew that their donkey was regularly running into the road where it could be a hazard to drivers, and that owner did not take steps to try and prevent their donkey from doing so, then that donkey owner may be held liable for the damage to the motorcycle, pain and suffering, medical costs, and more.
The county may be at fault
If the donkey in question was a wild donkey and the county or city knew that it was likely to wander the roads, then it may have been their responsibility to either find somewhere for the donkey to go or to install signs to warn motorists about the donkey. In this case, the motorcycle driver should act fast because the statute of limitations for suing the county in a personal injury lawsuit is just six months.
You never know if you have a case
We are discussing this case today because often times we work with clients who assume that the specifics of their case mean that they have no case. They assume that because the obviously at-fault party is untouchable that they have no recourse. This is not always the case. In some cases, car manufacturers can be at fault. An individual’s employer may be held responsible.
If you have been injured in any type of accident and want to know if you have grounds for a person injury case, contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation.