The British Horse Society (BHS) estimates that about three million people in the UK regularly take part in horse riding activities every year. The BHS also collates statistics every year relating to incidents involving horses and riders on UK roads. It is a sad fact that in the last year alone there were:
- 1,010 road incidents involving horses reported to the BHS and of these:
- 46 horses died and 118 were injured; and
- 130 people were injured.
Most of those incidents occurred as a vehicle was passing a horse too close or quickly.
If you have been involved in a horse riding accident, you are likely to be shocked, disorientated and/or distressed at the time of the incident. It is important that you take a step back from the accident scene to somewhere safe, if possible, and take your time to assess your injuries and call an ambulance and/or the police if you believe this is required.
If the accident happened on the road, it is important to:
- Ensure you obtain the driver’s details – including their registration number. The colour, make and model of their car would also be useful information.
- Use your phone to take photos of the accident area from several different angles. If the driver refused to give their details, it is always a good idea to take a photo of their number plate.
- If there are any witnesses, obtain their details (their name and phone number) as their evidence may be useful later on.
- Visit your GP or A&E to have your injuries treated and documented.
Making a horse riding compensation claim – how we can help
If you believe that the third party was responsible for your accident, you may be entitled to claim compensation, even if you were partly to blame for it.
At Nelsons, our expert Personal Injury team are able to advise you on whether you have a claim. If you would like confidential, free advice on whether you can claim compensation, please contact Dianne Collins, Senior Associate and Solicitor, or another member of our specialist team on 0800 024 1976 or via our online enquiry form.