Animals and Children
‘Never work with children or animals’ is how the saying goes - they’re not things you want to run into as a biker, either.
How does this type of accident happen?
Motorbike accidents can happen when animals or children run into the path of a motorcyclist, causing the biker to swerve to avoid injuring them. If children are spotted crossing or playing near a road, bikers should slow down and give them plenty of space.
What does the law/Highway Code say about animals and children?
The Highway Code states that dogs should not be out on the road on their own (Rule 56). According to The Road Traffic Act (1988), it could be classed as a criminal offence if your dog is let loose on the road: “A person who causes or permits a dog to be on a designated road without the dog being held on a lead is guilty of an offence.” Further guidance states that animals being herded “should be kept under control at all times.” (Rule 58)
Under their guidance on ‘Road users requiring extra care’, The Highway Code advises that you should drive slowly when passing animals and be prepared to stop. It goes on to say, “Look out for animals being led, driven or ridden on the road and take extra care. Keep your speed down at bends and on narrow country roads. If a road is blocked by a herd of animals, stop and switch off your engine until they have left the road. Watch out for animals on unfenced roads.” (The Highway Code, Rule 214)
Further guidance states that great care should be taken around horses or horse drawn vehicles. You should travel at no more than 10mph and pass widely, allowing at least 2 metres. (The Highway Code, Rule 215)
On the topic of children, the code advises on Home Zones and Quiet Lanes, stating “These are places where people could be using the whole of the road for a range of activities such as children playing or for a community event. You should drive slowly and carefully and be prepared to stop to allow people extra time to make space for you to pass them in safety. (The Highway Code Rule 218)
How do solicitors fight these types of cases?
Claims involving animals or children can be difficult to fight, but your success will be impacted by what evidence you can provide, as well as the level of expertise on your side. It’s important in cases like this to gather as much evidence as possible. If you can, track down key witnesses who can provide a statement to support your claim.
As personal injury solicitors specialising in motorbike accidents, we can work with you to build a strong case. Using our knowledge of the law in this area and the rights of motorcyclists, we will fight your corner and achieve the best possible outcome.
Why Biker SOS?
Our legal experts handled 1 in 6 motorbike claims in the last 5 years alone – making us the largest specialist provider in the country.
We’ve handled hundreds of cases like yours and we’re passionate about fighting for the rights of vulnerable riders. Our expert team will fight your corner and secure the compensation you deserve, supporting you throughout your claim, as well as your rehabilitation and recovery.
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We understand the devastating impact a motorcycle accident can have on your life and the financial pressures it can bring, so we handle your claim on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning you won’t pay anything upfront to start your claim.