An Amish man named Smith was injured when he and his horse were struck by a car at a rural intersection
Smith later sued the driver
In court, he was cross-examined by the driver's lawyer:
Smith, you've told us all about your injuries
But according to the accident report, you told the investigating officer at the scene that you were not injured at all
Isn't that true?”
Smith: “Well, I'll tell you…”
The lawyer interrupted: “Just answer the question
Did you not say at the scene of the accident, ‘I'm fine!'.”
Smith: “Well, yes.”
The lawyer should have quit at that point
However, he went on: “Well then, why are you wasting this court's time and my client's money with this frivolous law suit?”
Smith: “Let me explain
At the accident, I was thrown out of the carriage and my horse was knocked into the ditch
My leg was broken and I didn't want to move.
I could hear my horse groaning and thrashing and I knew she was in terrible shape just by her groans.
When the officer arrived at the scene, he first looked at my horse
He said ‘Looks like she has a broken leg,' and then he took out his gun and shot her.
He then came up to me and asked me how I was doing
Suffering from the same injury as my horse, I of course immediately said ‘I'm fine!'.”