Doug Childs was hunting in Oktibbeha County, MS when he was accidentally shot by another hunter. He was hunting off of Hawkins Road near the Choctaw County line. The family of Mr. Childs has a claim against the other hunter for negligence for not positively identifying his target before pulling the trigger. A hunter should practice gun safety at all times and know what is in front of and behind the target.
In an unrelated hunting accident, a 10 year old girl and her mother were shot and injured while riding their horses on a trail designated for horseback riding. The girl suffered a punctured lung and is in the intensive care unit at a local hospital. The trail is 21 miles long and used for hiking and riding and is near public roads where it is illegal to hunt from. The shooter was ticketed for hunting from a public road.
If the hunter was living in a home that had homeowners insurance, then a claim could be made under that insurance policy to cover the damages up to the policy limits of the insured. If you are hunting out of your vehicle, then the car insurance may apply.
If you know of someone who has been injured or killed in a hunting accident and have some questions, call Paul Snow for a FREE consultation to discuss your legal rights at 601-969-1977 or 1-800-640-4478 or contact us online.
Information provided by Mississippi Accident Lawyer Paul Snow.