East Hampshire is mainly rural, with some delightful villages, and it is good if you enjoy horse riding or cycling. There’s a 22-mile cycling route that starts and ends in Petersfield, and there’s also the Shipwrights Way which is a long-distance ride from Bentley and Alice Holt Forest which takes you to the Dockyards at Portsmouth. You can even hire an electric bike in East Hampshire. If you want to ride, then you should try the Ox Drove Way which is a circular 25-mile route for horse riders.
Different types of road traffic accidents in East Hampshire
Unfortunately road traffic accidents in East Hampshire do happen and some of them involve cyclists and people on horseback. Cyclists can have some horrific road traffic accidents in East Hampshire and elsewhere, especially if they are riding on roads that are not well maintained. If you have had an accident while riding a bike, it is possible that your front wheel got stuck in a pothole and you went flying over the handlebars. You may have been lucky to only have minor injuries, but perhaps you damaged your mobile phone, or other personal property. In such types of road traffic accidents in East Hampshire (and elsewhere in the country) you might be able to make a personal injury compensation claim against the local authority which has the responsibility for maintaining roads in its area.
Avoiding accidents with horses
Drivers sometimes show no horse sense and spook horses on roads causing accidents. Horses have as much right as vehicles to be on roads, so respect should be shown to drivers and riders. If you are a motorist, you should slow down when approaching horses and riders and be prepared to stop. Don’t get too close to the horse as a hoof in the bonnet could be expensive. Whatever you do, don’t ‘toot’ your horn or rev the engine as this will spook even the calmest creature. When you are able to pass the horse, give it a wide berth and don’t give in to the urge to accelerate away from it immediately.
People who are riding a horse should wear fluorescent or reflective clothing and there should also be such accoutrements on the horse’s equipment. Riders should try to avoid riding in adverse weather conditions and when roads are icy. No more than eight riders should take to a road together and only ride two abreast, moving to single file to allow vehicles to pass when it is safe for them to do so.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you have been involved in an accident and are thinking about making a personal injury compensation claim, call us at Accident Advice Helpline at any time for expert legal advice. Our freephone numbers are 0800 689 0500 for calls from landlines, and 0333 500 0993 for calls from mobile phones. Why not call us now and find out how we may be able to assist you?
Date Published: 5th September 2014