Animal Accidents

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.

Accidents on road caused by animals - Road accident claims

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 โ€“ do not leave the scene
  • 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

Claiming Compensation

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.

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Simon Stanfield | Head of RTA Technical Claims | Simpson Millar LLP

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Susan Vanden - Road Traffic Accident Specialist - Manchester

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