Rob hits cattle on the road

Rob contacted Motorcycle Law Scotland regarding a road traffic incident he had been involved in.

He was riding his motorcycle on B743 Ayr to Mauchline Road. The road is made up of a two lane undivided carriageway and the speed limit is 60 mph.

As Rob proceeded along the road, he approached the entrance of the farm. Hedgerows on either side of the entrance reduced his visibility and so he reduced his speed.

Just as he was upon the entrance, five cows suddenly exited the farm road and into his path.

Rob had no opportunity to take evasive action. He hit one of the cattle and, as a result, he was thrown from his motorcycle.

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Injuries impact future employment

Rob’s motorcycle was badly damaged and even though he was wearing full protective clothing he sustained severe fractures to his hand and ribs.

A claim was intimated against the third party insurers of the farm for failing to keep the premises secure and had resulted in the cattle entering onto the main road and causing the incident.

Liability was not disputed and the third party insurer funded physiotherapy to help Rob’s recovery.

The most severe injury was to his dominant right hand which would impact on his future employment.

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Final settlement is 30% increase on original offer 

Final settlement was reached in December 2016 after two reports were instructed from a specialist Orthopaedic surgeon who was only able to provide a final opinion after Rob had completed all physiotherapy and his injury had time to heal.

Settlement was reached at a figure which represented a 30% increase from the original offer proposed by the third party insurers.

If an injury has the potential to impact on a future career, it’s vitally important to ensure that before settlement all factors are taken into consideration and, in severe injury cases, that process can take some time. Rob did benefit from interim payments so as not to be out of pocket while his injury resolved to an extent that a surgeon could provide a definitive prognosis for the future allowing a proper assessment of the final compensation figure.

Our Award Winning Team

Brenda Mitchell - Senior Partner

Brenda Mitchell

Senior Partner

Brenda has been a Personal Injury Lawyer for over 35 years and for the last 20 years has specialised representing injured motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians.

Jodi Gordon - Partner

Jodi Gordon


Jodi has predominantly represented cyclists involved in road traffic collisions and specialises in assisting those who have suffered very serious and complex injury.

Thomas Mitchell - Associate

Thomas Mitchell


Thomas represents clients who have been involved in road traffic incidents and he specialises in representing vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

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