HorseSolicitor was founded with a view to increasing access to justice for injured horse riders. There was a gap in the market for an equine law firm specialising in personal injury and road traffic accident claims. Equine law is a specialist field and riders’ needs were not being met by firms that were not devoted to the area and whose lawyers had no understanding of horse behaviour. Through combining my passion for horses with my love of the law, HorseSolicitor, has grown to 6 lawyers and is at the forefront of equine accident and injury law in the UK.
In addition to having a thorough understanding of the intricacies of equine law, we believe that the key to increasing access to justice for injured riders is education. Riders can only pursue a claim if they are aware that they have grounds for one. By way of example, we want every rider within the UK to know that they can pursue a claim even when the third party responsible for a road traffic accident has fled the scene and remains untraced. We look forward to covering such topics and to sharing our experience with you.
By way of a general overview, when discussing cases with clients that have been involved in road traffic accidents whilst hacking, we are regularly asked whether or not the Highway Code is merely guidance or legally binding. Horse riders, as road users, are subject to the provisions of the Highway Code in the normal way. The failure of a road user to observe the Code does not necessarily mean that they have been negligent. Likewise, the fact that a road user has observed the Code does not mean that they cannot have been negligent. A party may however rely on a failure to observe the Code as “tending to establish or to negative any liability” (s.38(7) of the Road Traffic Act 1988). Put simply each case turns on its own facts, which is why, in the event you are involved an accident whilst riding, it is crucial to instruct a specialist equine lawyer that understands the complexities of equine accident claims.