Animal accidents - road
Drivers v Farmers - What you should know about animals on the road
If you live in a rural area in the UK you will no doubt be aware of the dangers
of livestock on the road. We have set out some pointers for each party
to be aware of in respect of livestock.
Preventing animal accidents on the road
- Drivers should be extra vigilant when travelling in rural areas
- Drivers should use appropriate lighting ie full beam, where appropriate to aid visibility
- If an accident does occur, seek support from witnesses or police – do not leave
- Be aware of livestock issues ie foot and mouth outbreaks, which lead to increases
in the likelihood of escape and erratic behaviour of livestock
- Owners of livestock must ensure that their animals are secured
- Animals most likely to escape and cause road accident are sheep, pigs and cows
- As animals are vulnerable and can behave in a volatile manner, and even if secured
can escape and present a danger to drivers
- A farmer can be negligent if s/he is found to have "failed to keep livestock in
a safe area"
- Obtaining insurance against compensation claims is always a sensible option as legal
fees can be costly if you lose a case
If you have been injured in a road traffic accident caused by an animal you could
be entitled to compensation. Call our dedicated RTA Team on freephone: 0808 129 3320 now or
complete our online enquiry form and we will call you back.