Road Accidents Caused by Animals

If you have been injured as a result of being involved in road accidents caused by animals then you may be able to make a personal injury claim.

There are many animals on the roads from smaller animals such as cats and dogs to larger animals like livestock. Livestock can include Cows & horses and account for around 1,000 road traffic accidents every year.

If you have been involved in a road accident caused by any of the following animals you should stop and report the accident to the police:

  • Livestock
  • Horses
  • Sheep
  • Pigs
  • Goats
  • Donkeys & mules
  • Dogs

You must do this as quickly as possible as veterinary treatment may be required for the injured animal.

Why are livestock on the road?

Livestock can escape from farm enclosures despite the farmer’s vigilance in aiming to prevent this happening.  If the farmer has failed to repair a broken or faulty gate or fence then they can be seen to be negligent and may be liable to pay compensation.

However the livestock may wander into the road because a gate was left open by an unknown person for example a rambler or delivery person.  Negligence can be more difficult to prove in these cases.

What kind of injuries can be sustained as a result of road accidents caused by animals?

The most common injury when involved in an accident with animals is whiplash.  Other injuries can also include bruising and muscular injuries.  When the animal is livestock broken bones and sprains can occur due to the impact of hitting a large animal or hitting another car for example when trying to avoid an accident.

Who is at fault for road accidents caused by animals?

The farmer will take out public liability to protect themselves for claims for personal injury as in most cases they will be held accountable for any road accidents that happen as a result of their livestock. Often livestock can fall out of a farmers transport. In such case it is important to know that farmers have a legal responsibility to ensure their animals are transported in a matter that will not cause them injury.

What to do if injured by animals in the road

If you have been injured following a road accident caused by animals it is important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. The doctor will assess your injuries and may prescribe medication to help with any pain.  You may also need to go for x-rays or other medical examinations that the doctor feels necessary. The doctor will then write up a report which can help when making a claim.

Contact the police and report that you have been involved in a road accident caused by animals.  They will decide on whether to attend the scene and will draft up a report.

Evidence that the accident is caused by livestock

As broken fences and gates can be quickly repairs after an accident, it is recommended that you gather as much evidence as possible at the time of the accident:.

  • Date, time & Location
  • Animal owner’s details (if possible)
  • Photographs of the scene, any visible injuries as well as signs of how the animals reached the road
  • Witness details
  • Events leading up to and surrounding the road accident


No Win No Fee Compensation Claims for Road Accidents Caused by Animals

Road Accidents Caused by AnimalsIf you have suffered an injury as a result of a road accident caused by an animal, then you can explore your options of making a No Win No Fee claim at a FREE consultation.

For further information you can contact us 0330 053 7117 or you can request a call back and  we will contact  you.

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