No legal requirement to report a car crash if a horse is involved
There is no legal requirement to report an accident if a horse is involved in a car crash claims UK equestrian organisation. One criterion that would change this; and that is if someone needs to be taken to hospital from the scene of the accident due to injury.
Accidents between horses and cars can be very serious however can go largely unrecorded. It is amazing when you look at what could happen;
- Car completely written off
- Horse tragically dies
- Horse rider seriously injured but is not transported to hospital from the scene by ambulance
- Car driver and passenger all could be injured but not be transported to hospital from the scene of the accident.
There are over 3000 accidents reported each year involving horses and road users that are reported but because of this strange anomaly in the law that the requirement to report car crash claims UK equestrian organisation many more accidents are going un-reported.
Leading equestrian organisations in the world are campaigning to change this. The reporting of car crash claims UK British Horse Society must be made statutory to protect equestrian road users as well as those driving vehicles on the road.
There are numerous reasons not least that if there is no obligation to report the accident and the details of the accident claiming insurance or accident compensation is more difficult. Victims of a car crash, Accident Advice Helpline can claim for compensation provided the information and details of the accident are well documented.
Accident Advice Helpline work with many expert legal practitioners who look at every detail around the accident and see where there has been negligence. Negligence is where one party fails to act carefully or to perform a certain act with a duty of care to someone else. So for example someone who is speeding in their car and driving recklessly and crashes into a horse and its rider then the driver of the car might be cited as being negligent of their duty to drive carefully.
In this scenario if the accident is not reported then the evidence and the detail of the accident is lost because the moment to gather the evidence passes. This needs to change and rapidly say the British Horse Society. Every detail of a car crash claims UK independent insurers must be recorded and where there are short comings in the law, the loop holes must be closed.
For exponents of equestrian pursuits they must play their part in campaigning for a change in the law. Organisations like the British Horse Society are trying to raise awareness and get all parties to join together to bring much needed change.