Accidents on the road can be devastating for everyone involved. Someone may walk away with serious injuries or there could be a fatality depending on the severity of the accident. Accidents may occur when a driver is speeding, driving under the influence or is distracted by a mobile phone. However, they could merely occur because a road user failed to look where they were going. Staying aware of your surroundings is a vital aspect of driving and could prevent a serious road accident.
The majority of road accidents occur between two vehicles but, on rare occasions they may involve an animal. Horse-related accidents may not be so common in built up areas, but they may be more frequent in rural areas where people may be travelling on their horses or taking their horse from A to B. Police horses can be seen in cities and accidents could occur if there is a lot of traffic. If you have been involved in a horse-related accident, you may want to make a claim for compensation if you were not at fault.
Road safety around horses
If you are driving in a rural area, it is wise to be conscious of the fact that horses and other animals may be roaming around the roads. An animal may run out onto the road therefore it is safer to stay under the speed limit to ensure that you can make an emergency stop where necessary. If you are in the city and a police horse is nearby, stay at a safe distance and do not try to overtake them. If you are in a hurry, choose a different route to drive. Trying to overtake can scare the animal which could cause it to panic in the middle of a busy road. If you have been involved in a horse-related accident but someone else was at fault, you could be entitled to compensation for any injuries sustained.
Personal injury claims
The Accident Advice Helpline specialises in personal injury claims and many of these are road traffic injuries. If you think you may be able to make a claim and need some advice, our phone lines are available 24/7 and our experts are on hand to speak with you about your potential claim. Compensation can cover the costs associated with your injuries including loss of wages or medical costs. Call us today to determine how successful your claim is likely to be.