Three horse riders who are helping improve road safety for horses have been awarded at the prestigious British Horse Society’s Sefton Awards. One of the riders, Robbie Woolford from Windsor, began campaigning after a near-miss with a taxi driver while riding her horse. The taxi driver drove straight towards the horse, only stopping a few feet away. As a result, she campaigned and the council has erected horse signs. However, Robbie has stated that she would like a road crossing for horses and riders on top of the signs and she would like the speed limit to be reduced. Alison Harris from Yorkshire raised awareness of horse road safety when the Tour de France visited her area. She is also a horse rider and worked to hand out leaflets and organise trade stands to ensure that cyclists were aware that horses were in the area.
In addition, she gave advice to cyclists to ensure that they knew what to do if they came across a horse rider in one of the country lanes in her area. Also winning an award at the event was Mary Lloyd from Cheshire. She worked to hand leaflets to drivers and to give advice to drivers about what to do if they see a horse on the road. Her efforts even resulted in a 6ft billboard being erected raising awareness.
Road safety for horses and drivers
Horses on the road may be a rare occurrence in the city, but in rural areas, there may be an abundance of them. If you are driving on a country road, keep under the speed limit in case you come into contact with a horse rider. In addition, if you see a horse on the road, stay at a safe distance to ensure that the horse does not panic. If you try to overtake the horse or drive too close, the horse may panic and bolt into the road causing an accident. If you have been in an accident and were on a horse at the time, you could claim compensation for your injuries.
How to make your claim
Accident Advice Helpline specialise in personal injury claims so, if you have been involved in an accident that was someone else’s fault, you can give us a call. Should you have been a pedestrian, on horseback, a driver or a passenger, you may be entitled to a cash payout to help with costs associated with your injuries. Call us free on our 24-hour helpline to discuss making your claim with one of our sympathetic advisors.