Deer and ponies are free to wander everywhere in the New Forest. The boundaries are closed off in certain areas by fences, and roads have cattle grids across them on the forest boundaries. If a deer jumps out in front of a motorist and is injured or worse by the motorist, the motorist is at fault, regardless ........
When I was at college, I owned a scooter and then a motorbike. I went on the RAC ACU course for advanced riders, and passed first time. Our main instructor owned a BMW 4 cylinder bike with a drive shaft, not a chain, to the back wheel. He was a first class motorcyclist and teacher. Extremely safety conscious. One night he was riding through the New Forest. A deer kept out from the dark and wrote off his bike and put him in hospital where he had to undergo extensive surgery. I don't think he rode a motorcycle again - well not for many many months. I believe the prosecution case re the accident was dropped in view of his injuries etc.
The tale reinforced my belief that the law can really be an ass at times!
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