Representing Horse Riders and Drivers Claiming Compensation

Horse Riding Accidents On The Road

At the end of 2020, the British Horse Society (BHS) reported that incidents involving horses and vehicles had risen by 23% over the past year to reach 1,037. The BHS estimates that the true number of road traffic accidents involving horses each year is around 3,000, with an average of approximately two horses killed on UK roads every week.

Hacking on the road is often unavoidable due to a lack of horse trails, but is obviously dangerous given the unpredictable behaviour of both drivers and horses. According to the BHS, 81% of the reported incidents in 2020 occurred due to vehicles passing by too close to horses and their riders, while 40% involved a vehicle passing by at excessive speed.

  • Road Rage & Abuse
  • Vulnerable Road Users
  • Responsibilities of Riders and Drivers
Significantly, 43% of riders reported being subjected to road rage or abuse, and there is no doubt that drivers are regularly impatient and inconsiderate when confronted by horses in their path. Horses are extremely likely to spook and shy, buck or bolt when they are frightened by a vehicle overtaking them too closely or too quickly, particularly when a driver revs their engine or sounds their horn in the process. Riders are often thrown from their horse when it attempts to escape from perceived danger, and the resulting injuries can regrettably be very serious.
As per the Highway Code, while riders owe a duty of care to other road users, drivers are expected to take special care and precautions when approaching or passing horses on the road, and do everything that is reasonably possible to avoid frightening the animals. The Code specifies that horse riders are ‘vulnerable’ road users, and drivers should significantly reduce their speed in their vicinity and always give way at junctions when they are crossing.
In certain cases it can be difficult to establish whether an accident involving a horse rider and vehicle was due to the driver failing to take the necessary precautions, or the horse’s volatile temperament. Sometimes drivers entirely fail to notice horse riders, but in the majority of cases, as the statistics indicate, accidents occur because drivers lack patience and try to pass horse riders leaving insufficient space between them and/or at too high a speed.

Injured horse riders will be able to claim compensation if it can be shown that the horse’s behaviour was due to the actions of a motorist. Apart from compensation for injuries like leg, ankle and pelvic fractures, a rider can also claim for vets bills, the cost of extra stabling, medical costs, and the replacement of damaged clothing and equipment.

Our firm has considerable experience in claiming compensation for horse riders and drivers injured on UK roads. Contact us for free and reliable legal advice, and to get started making a claim.

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