Horse riding is a favourite past time for many people worldwide, and in fact some places are much more exciting to explore on horseback. But, with horse riding, like most sports there is an aspect of danger, and accidents can occur. The most common type of accident is caused from slips, trips and falls which can lead to crushing injuries.
How do crushing injuries from slips, trips or falls, while horse riding, occur?
If you are riding and the horse trips up or collapses and you fall off the horse, not only could you have fall injuries, but you may also be crushed by the horse, partially or wholly, making the injury a lot more serious due to the weight of a horse. Fall accidents are very common as horses are spontaneous, living, breathing animals so anything can happen. Crush injuries do not happen as much, but you see these types of accident claims in places such as a racecourse if a horse misses a fence and falls on top of a rider, or if a horse loses its footing and falls down taking the rider with them.
How to prevent serious crushing and fall injuries?
If and when you fall off a horse you should try to remember to curl up in a ball when you land, this will help protect your vital organs, which is even more important if your horse falls on you. If you want to be extra careful you can purchase a protective vest which will give you extra protection and help prevent more serious fall claims. But, other things to consider whilst riding is to always make sure your foot is always in the stirrup correctly, if your foot is too far in then it will be easier to get stuck. This means if you do have a fall, your foot may stop you from having a safe landing and a simple fall injury may turn into a severe fall claim.
But, if you have had an accident in the past three years, that wasn’t your fault, then you may be able to claim compensation. Speak to Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone to find out how much you could claim. Accident Advice Helpline will talk you through the process, and many clients settle their claim without having to step foot in court.