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Horse Accident solicitors deal with all manner of equestrian incidents however the most common serious injury involves motor vehicles. Injuries to riders in an accident involving a horse and a car on the highway have reduced substantially over recent years however statistics issued by the Department of Transport still show cause for concern with the statistics being summarised as follows :-

  • there are usually several fatal accidents involving riders of horses and motor vehicles
  • approximately 20 people are seriously injured whilst riding a horse involved in a vehicle collision
  • several hundred horse riders suffer other less serious injuries as a result of motor vehicle collisions
  • the British Horse Society believe that in total there are over 3000 accidents involving horses
  • 90% of horse accident rider casualties occur on minor roads
  • the highest casualty rate is among the 16 - 19 year old age range
  • the lowest incidence of horse accidents was among those aged over 60

The British Horse Society

The British Horse Society (BHS) contests the horse accident figures issued by the Department of Transport alleging a substantial underestimation particularly in regards to fatalities. Horse accident solicitors are frequently called upon to take action for compensation for serious personal injury against negligent drivers which would appear to support the BHS contention. The BHS also maintains that out of an estimated 3 million riders in Britain there are about eight horse accidents involving a car on the road every day. The BHS actively promotes safety on the roads for all riders and in association with the Department of Transport produces a free leaflet 'How to be a safer rider' and also produces a video called 'Horse Sense for Motorists" and the "BHS Riding and Roadcraft Safety Manual". The BHS arrange Road Safety Training and a Riding and Road Safety Test which makes participants aware of responsible and courteous behavior and aims to turn out competent riders well versed in road safety as set out in the current editions of the British Horse Society's Riding and Roadcraft Manual and the Highway Code. Examination parameters for the test are outlined in the British Horse Society's Riding and Roadcraft Manual and the BHS hold a list of all approved examiners. Any candidate may take the test on a hired horse and a minimum of 6 hours work including practical and theory is strongly recommended by the BHS. The test includes safe riding practice with an awareness of safety and protective clothing and high visibility accessories which can help to reduce the risk of a car horse accident.

Horse Accident Solicitors

Our horse accident solicitors deal with personal injury compensation claims using the risk free no win no fee* scheme otherwise known as a conditional fee agreement. No legal charge is payable unless the legal case is won and the client obtains an award of compensation. In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made to the client. If you would like free advice on personal injury compensation claims just use the helpline or complete the contact form or email our offices and a member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority panel of personal injury experts will speak to you on the telephone to discuss your accident without further obligation.



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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here