For many people, there is nothing better than riding a horse through bridle paths and along roads near to where they live. While this doesn’t appeal to everyone, those that do like horse riding tend to be quite passionate about it.
Of course, whenever you ride a horse you should be alert to the potential dangers of doing so. These dangers can be minimised by wearing the proper safety equipment such as body protectors and a helmet. In addition to this you can make sure you are as visible as possible by wearing high visibility items to ensure everyone else can always see you, especially if the daylight is fading.
Riding on bridle paths is definitely safer than using the roads, which you would have to share with other road users. However, there are situations where you may have to ride on the roads, in order to be able to get to where you need to go. The more visible you can be in this instance, the safer you are likely to be and the less likely it is an accident might occur. It is also important to understand how to drive safely if you should ever meet a horse and rider.
How common are horse rider traffic injuries?
It is quite difficult to ascertain how many such injuries could potentially occur, since accurate figures do not seem to be available for such accidents. However there are potential dangers here, since the rider is on an animal that could potentially react badly if it is scared by the behaviour of a nearby driver or rider of a motorbike for example. As such it is important to remember to slow down and always give a horse and rider ample room before passing them. This can help minimise the odds of an accident.
Do you need to seek no-obligation advice today?
No one wants to go through any type of accident on the road. If you were riding a horse and you suffered from injuries caused through the negligence of another road user, you could be entitled to make a no win, no fee claim for compensation as a result. To find out whether this is the case for an accident suffered within the last three years, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or take the 30-second online test on our website now. It could be a major step in the right direction for you and your compensation claim.
Date Published: February 6, 2015
Author: David Brown