Unfortunately there is no immunity from road traffic accidents in East Hertfordshire, or in other parts of the country. You may have been on the way to Broxbourne Woods National Nature Reserve when you had an accident and perhaps you or your passengers were injured. The National Nature Reserve is the only one in Hertfordshire, and is recognised as a Special Area of Conservation of European importance, having four woods in the area:- Bencroft, Broxbourne, Hoddesdonpark and Wormley. There are many things to do in Broxbourne woods, such as paintballing, mountain-biking and of course you can walk along the sculpture trail. At least while taking a walk in the peaceful woods, you won’t be a victim of one of those road traffic accidents in East Hertfordshire.
Road traffic accidents in East Hertfordshire
If you are driving in the country there are several types of road traffic accidents in East Hertfordshire that could occur. No driver likes to be responsible for the death of an animal, but it is often better to hit one than to swerve into the path of oncoming traffic. If you are diving along a winding country lane, you should take extra care, as it is possible to come across a herd of cattle or sheep crossing the road going from a field to their farm. If you ploughed into a herd of cows, you could be seriously injured and your car could be a total write-off as cows are very heavy animals.
If you have an accident involving one or two farm animals that are unaccompanied by a person or dog, they might have escaped from their enclosure. You should call the police to help, but you should remain in your car, as injured animals can be very hostile and you might be badly hurt. You may be entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim against the farmer who owns the animals, as he or she should keep them safe and ensure that fences and hedges are well-maintained to prevent animals escaping.
Accidents involving wild animals
Although you may be able to make a claim against a farmer if you have an accident with a cow, for example, you cannot make a personal injury compensation claim against anyone if you have an accident with a wild animal such as a deer (which is not a farmed one). If you do have an accident involving a deer, you should call the police as it might belong to a farmer and could have escaped, in which case, you could make a claim for damage to our vehicle.
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