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        09-18-2012, 09:22 PM
      #21
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by gunslinger    
    I wouldn't do anything until they sue.
    What the Gunslinger said. Do NOT talk to them, give no further information if they do call again and tell them to have their lawyer contact you. I hope it all comes to nothing.
         
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        09-21-2012, 05:50 PM
      #22
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by nikelodeon79    
    Even then... the road is for VEHICLES and people riding horses do not have the right of way.

    I'd agree with everything else you wrote except for the above. Many states have laws/traffic codes which require vehicles to yield to equestrian (and pedestrian) traffic, thus giving equestrians "right-of-way." Still other states have vehicle laws/codes which specifically prohibit doing something which might scare a horse and rider. While we can split hairs over specific situations of right-of-way, I would venture to say that equestrian traffic more often than not has the right-of-way.

    That said, from the description posted right-of-way has nothing to do with this situation.

    It is like anything else. If you and your horse cannot handle the road, trail, arena - whatever - then you are taking a calculated risk in riding. Even a bomb-proof horse can dump a rider for no apparent reason. If you ride at all, you run the risk of getting hurt. Unfortunately, some states still do not recognize the concept of "inherent risk," making it easier to start frivolous lawsuits.


    As others have said, definitely avoid ALL contact or communication with these twits. ANYTHING you say can/will eventually be used against you. (i.e. "I'm sorry you got hurt" = you admit you caused the accident). Any information provided is too much information. Don't talk, don't write, don't say anything. Wait for a lawyer to contact you - if they can find one who is sleazy enough to take a case like this.

    If/when you are contacted by a lawyer, you might consider starting with the insurance company which covers the vehicle you were driving. That's what you pay the insurance company for. At that time, it might also pay to consult your own lawyer. More than likely, the insurance company will take care of everything (probably by telling these people to take a hike).
         
        09-22-2012, 02:34 AM
      #23
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Joe4d    
    Offer them a High five, then tell em to read between the lines.
    I really think I like you.......
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        09-22-2012, 02:48 AM
      #24
    Yearling
    Your husband didn't buck him off, the horse did.
         
        09-22-2012, 02:58 AM
      #25
    Green Broke
    Say nothing to them. Just do not respond. Did they call law enforcement? Then its a scam.. they probably scared the horse waving thier arms around. Check to see if there is a public agency that no or little charge can give you the rules, or call your sheriff dept and ask what the rule is. I hope they leave you alone.
         
        09-22-2012, 08:09 PM
      #26
    Started
    I imagine its all a scam and the father probably did not get bucked off at all. If your hubby looked in the mirror and everyone was sitting on their horses AFTER he had passed, then either it happened after or it didn't happen at all.
    humm, lets see, hubby drives by. Old man supposedely gets bucked off. Have to gather the horses, ride them home with old man and concussion, load up old man and take to hospital 20 minutes away, get diagnosis and then come find your hubby. All in 15 minutes?????????? Tell them to take a flying leap.
         
        09-22-2012, 10:25 PM
      #27
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by wyominggrandma    
    I imagine its all a scam and the father probably did not get bucked off at all. If your hubby looked in the mirror and everyone was sitting on their horses AFTER he had passed, then either it happened after or it didn't happen at all.
    humm, lets see, hubby drives by. Old man supposedely gets bucked off. Have to gather the horses, ride them home with old man and concussion, load up old man and take to hospital 20 minutes away, get diagnosis and then come find your hubby. All in 15 minutes?????????? Tell them to take a flying leap.
    yup...plus, there is not an once of proof of anything. I wouldn't worry too much. Don't say anything until you are notified by a lawyer. They were just fishing for money hoping that your husband would whip out some cash right then.
         

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