Heathfield Community Fire Station was the scene of a horse rider road safety event on Saturday 17th January 2015. The event was laid on as a joint initiative between Sussex Police and the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service. The aim was for horses and their riders to be safe when using the roads in the area in the future.
The main aim of the event was to make sure horse riders were more aware of the potential dangers that are involved in riding on the road. It was also hoped that other road users would be more alert to the potential dangers of driving or proceeding past a horse and rider on any other type of vehicle or bike. Station Commander Dave Thurston said it is very difficult to ascertain exact numbers for injuries caused to horses and riders on the roads, since they are not always reported or listed as a horse and rider in statistics. He hopes this will change in the near future so local safety campaigns can be more accurately targeted to those who need them. High visibility garments were provided free of charge on the day.
How safe is it to ride a horse on the road today?
The vast majority of riders will never have a problem riding a horse on the road. However, it is important to understand the potential of an accident occurring in this situation. In some cases other road users may not be properly aware of how to react when encountering a horse and rider in the road. As such there could be the potential for someone to be injured as a result of a horse reacting to being scared by a vehicle or to some other circumstance that could potentially be avoided.
Have you been injured while riding a horse?
While accidents do happen, there are cases where they have occurred to horses and riders owing to the negligence of another person. If you believe you have been affected in this way, contact the team at Accident Advice Helpline now. Our professional injury compensation advisers may find you have a good case for a no win, no fee compensation claim to be put forward. Find out whether this is the case today by calling our free 24/7 enquiry line now on 0800 689 0500 to get the answers you seek following your accident.
Date Published: February 6, 2015
Author: David Brown