If my horse escaped and caused a car accident in which a young woman was injured, who is liable?

I have no renter’s insurance. Could my landlord be sued?

Asked on November 1, 2013 under Accident Law, Wisconsin


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

Who  is liable depends on who is at fault. If you were at fault, for example, such as in not properly securing the horse, then you could be liable. Your landlord would only potentially be liable if he/she was negligent, or careless, or otherwise at fault in some way--such as if the horse escaped because the landlord did not fix a lock or gate which it was the landlord's responsibility to fix and which the landlord was aware (such as because you had told him/her) was broken. If the driver was driving carelessly, then the driver's liability could reduce what you or the landlord has to pay (and either the driver, if not the young woman herself, could be liable for part of the damages; or if the young woman was the driver, her own fault will reduce what she could recover).

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