Claiming compensation for horse accidents on the road
Horse accidents on the road are a growing problem in the UK.
The biggest threat to riders is posed by thoughtless or careless drivers. Although most road users are considerate, a significant minority of drivers fail to appreciate the vulnerability of horses and their riders, failing to slow down or allow sufficient room when passing.
But drivers are not the only cause of horse accidents on the road. Riders report a range incidents that occur on our highways causing injury to horses and humans. The most common include:
- Motorcycles and bicycles;
- Defective road surfaces;
- Low flying aircraft and drones; and
The British Horse Society are working hard to raise awareness of the problem, liaising with the police service and politicians to make our roads safer for horses and their riders. To help them spotlight the issues they are appealing to riders to report all accidents to them through their online hub or dedicated app.
When an accident occurs the rider may be entitled to claim compensation from any party who was responsible for causing it. Establishing legal liability is not always straightforward, so it is important to consult solicitors who specialise in this area. We are experts in animal law and understand the legal complexities that can arise. We are proud of our track record of success. You will find many articles and case studies on this website about the animal claims we have dealt with over the years, such as this recent claim involving a rider who was injured in a ‘hit and run’ incident.
We work on a no win, no fee basis and offer a free case assessment service, so you have nothing to lose by contacting us for a review of your case.
Claims can be made for the following:
- physical and psychological injuries to the rider;
- financial losses associated with your horse, including vets fees and rehabilitation;
- out of pocket expenses;
- medical fees; and
- lost earnings.
To find out where you stand call our free legal helpline on 0333 888 0404 or send an email to us with brief details of your accident.