A farming company based in Devon has received a fine following an incident where the fiancée of one of its directors sustained a serious and life-changing ATV injury. The woman was riding a quad bike when she received the ATV injury and was seriously hurt as a result.
All-terrain vehicles can potentially be dangerous if they are not ridden with care in the proper areas. In this instance, the firm who owned the farm at which the accident happened, GNB Farms, was fined as a result of the incident. Our experts have come across similar cases where the injured person has been able to claim compensation as a result.
A fine of £2,000
The company received a fine of £2,000 as a result of the court case at Exeter Magistrates Court. In addition, they were asked to pay £483 in court costs. As a consequence of the accident, the woman was in hospital for ten days and could not return to work for seven months following the ATV injury she suffered.
According to information given, the vehicle rolled over when she was riding it, throwing her off and into the road as a result. She sustained serious head injuries and was not wearing a helmet when the accident happened. The accident was not reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Accident Advice Helpline have come across a few other incidents where this has been the case. The simple act of wearing a helmet can have a pronounced effect on the potential for injuries to occur if an accident does happen.
In poor condition
The subsequent investigation, which was conducted by the police and the HSE, found that the quad bike had not been appropriately or regularly maintained. No helmet was provided, no training was provided, and there were problems with the steering and the brakes. The company pleaded guilty to breaching three health and safety acts as a consequence of the incident.
Accident Advice Helpline have already been able to help others who have been hurt in entirely preventable accidents. Could we help you as well? Call us now on 0800 689 0500 to find out if this is the case. If so, you may be able to launch a no win no fee* court case with the help of a professional injury compensation lawyer. One phone call will reveal more information.
Date Published: May 12, 2015
Author: David Brown