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Cow crash disputed

Robin Adams’ claim for damages after his car was in an accident with a cow belonging to Vesco has been rejected by the insurer due to insufficient proof.

Adams (33) collided with a cow in March while driving his friend home to Langebaan. According to Adams he collided with the animal around 20:00. He and his friend had slight injuries, but the car was written off.

Willie Jansen van Rensburg of Itoo Special Risks, who spoke to Weslander on behalf of Vesco, says: “The farm manager was notified of the accident at approximately 08:30 the following day. A patrol of the farm was immediately conducted and it was then discovered that a portion of the fence was cut due to attempted cattle theft. The farm manager subsequently registered a criminal case of attempted theft with the Saldanha police station,” he explains.

“In light of all the information provided to us, we are of the view that our client unfortunately cannot be held liable for the accident suffered by Mr Adams. Our client took all reasonable precautions as required by law to contain its livestock on the farm and maintain the fence prior to the attempted theft.”

Adams claims he has it on good authority a break in the fence was caused by people trying to get away from protest actions taking place at WBHO premises close to the farm. He blames Vesco for what he called neglect to fix the fence in a timely manner. “I believe they knew about the break in the fence and had they fixed it when it was necessary, the accident wouldn’t have taken place,” Adams says. His legal representatives have been in talks with Itoo, on behalf of Vesco, but has not received the feedback he had hoped for.

Van Rensburg says Adams’ reasoning is not sufficient. “We have written to him confirming our reasons why we cannot accept liability in this instance. We still await a further comprehensive response from him which we are more than willing to consider on a without prejudice basis,” Van Rensburg says.

Adams told Weslander he is disappointed in the response but not surprised: “I know Vesco is wrong and I plan to hold them accountable.”

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