With ever increasing level of traffic riding a horse on the highway is becoming increasingly dangerous.
Whilst many main roads can be wide enough to allow vehicles to overtake horse riders leaving plenty of room the same cannot be said when the horse rider is travelling along country roads.
All vehicle drivers should be aware of the dangers of overtaking horses and their riders and specifically the need to give plenty of room.
It is essential that vehicle drivers adjust their speed and if necessary stop until it is safe to pass the rider.
Unfortunately there are still too many drivers who see horse riders as an inconvenience and fail to adjust either their speed or their route. Inevitably this leads to accidents.
The most common causes of country road horse rider injuries:
- Vehicle driver travelling too fast
- Car colliding with the horse
- Car beeping horn and spooking the horse
It is unavoidable that a horse who is either spooked or hit by a vehicle will react and quite often the rider will be unseated or at the very least will suffer injury trying to remain seated and control the horse.
Accident claims for horse rider injuries in Manchester and surrounding areas
If you have suffered an injury whilst riding your horse along a country lane and if you believe a vehicle driver is at fault contact Graham Coffey & Co's specialist horse rider injury solicitors today for a free consultation.
C was aged 16 and was riding a horse along a country lane which was an access only lane. A car approached from the opposite direction at what C believed to be excessive speed. C manoeuvred the horse as close to the left side of the lane as possible but the car driver didn't slow down and the offside wing mirror hit the rear of the horse. The horse bolted down an embankment and C suffered injuries to her chest and abdomen following a collision with a heavy branch and also wrenching injuries to her neck and back caused when she was jolted by the horse's sudden movement. The car driver tried to allege that it was the horse that had kicked out at the motor vehicle. Graham Coffey's specialist Horse Rider Injury team refused to accept the car drivers evidence and following the commencement of court proceedings successfully recovered an award of £1750 for the injured rider.