Horse Riders

Horse Riders

Key Facts:

  • Horse riders represent a significant group of vulnerable road users and are involved in a number of accidents and near misses on the road.

(Chapman and Musselwhite, 2011)

  • In 2015, there were 94 reported horse rider casualties of all severities on public highways. Of these, none were fatalities and 17 were seriously injured casualties.

(RRCGB, DfT, 2016)

  • Animal-riders or occupants of animal drawn vehicles accounted for 3,619 emergency admissions to NHS hospitals in 2010-2011. This figure rose to 3,825 in the period 2011-2012. However, it is unknown whether those admitted were injured on a public highway.

(HES, 2011; HES, 2012)

  • ‘Passing too close to cyclist, horse rider or pedestrian’ was a reported contributory factor in 2,239 road accidents. Of these, 16 were fatal, 327 were classed as serious and 1,896 were slight accidents.

(RRCGB, DfT, 2016)

  • Drivers and horse riders are not always aware of the same hazards in the road, and this may lead drivers to under-estimating the risk when encountering horses.

(Chapman and Musselwhite, 2011)

 

  • Date Added: 03 Apr 2012, 08:21 AM
  • Last Update: 27 Jan 2017, 05:11 PM