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Animal-caused road injuries happen when animals on the road cause crashes, resulting in a range of injuries.

If your life, or the life of a loved one, has been affected by a road accident, we can help. If your injuries were caused by another driver, cyclist, pedestrian or any other road user, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

You can make a No Win, No Fee road injury compensation claim with the help and support of a personal injury solicitor.

You are not alone

Injuries sustained by road users in a collision with an animal are relatively uncommon, although they are frequent enough and potentially serious enough to be covered by specific legislation (legislation.gov.uk).

Livestock loose on Britain's roads account for around 1,000 road traffic accidents every year (brake.org.uk). Given the size of larger livestock, including cows and horses, these accidents have the potential to cause serious injury.

If you decide to make an animal-caused road accident injury claim, your road accident solicitor will take you through every step of the claims process. Your solicitor will be with you until you win your claim and get the compensation you need to move forward.

Am I entitled to make an animal-caused road injury claim?

In general, you can claim compensation if you were hurt:

  • in the last 3 years,
  • by someone elses actions or negligence, and
  • they owed you a duty of care.

Use our injury claim calculator to find out if you can claim. Or you can call 0800 376 1001 to speak to a specialist advisor. Find out in minutes if you have a claim.

How long after an animal-caused road injury do I have to start a claim?

An injury claim will usually need to be made within 3 years of the date or your accident or injury.

For injured children, a claim can be started by a parent or guardian at any time before they turn 18. Thereafter, the injured individual has until their 21st birthday to make a claim on their own.

What if the driver was uninsured or untraceable?

If the driver responsible for the injury is either uninsured or untraceable, a claim can be pursued through the Motor Insurers' Bureau (MIB).

The MIB is an independent that pays road accident compensation to the victims of uninsured or untraced (unidentified) drivers.

How much compensation can I claim for an animal-caused road injury?

The amount of money you could claim for your injury will depend on:

  • the seriousness of your injury, and
  • any financial losses or costs you have incurred.

At the start of your claim, your solicitor will consider the many ways your injuries have affected your life. Your solicitor will take these considerations into account to calculate the correct compensation award.

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General damages

General damages are awarded for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA).

Awards for general damages are set by the Judicial College (judiciary.uk) and published in their guidelines for personal injury awards.

How is compensation calculated if I have multiple injuries?

Special damages

Special damages is compensation awarded to cover any financial losses and expenses you incur as a result of your road injury or negligent medical treatment. These damages aim to put you back in the financial position you would have been in, had your injury not occurred.

Special damages will also cover your medical treatment expenses, that might include pain medication and psychological support.

Read more:

A complete list of recoverable losses in a personal injury claim

Psychological trauma following a road accident

Road accidents can be shocking, traumatic events, often leaving a psychological impact alongside physical injuries.

According to our 2024 Road Injury Claimant Survey, 32.47% of injured road users suffered a psychological injury, 78.53% of these alongside a physical injury.

Accidents involving animals can lead to a unique form of trauma, often combining sadness with a phobia of similar future incidents. Road accidents can also lead to amaxophobia (fear of driving or being a passenger), or PTSD.

Claiming general damages for mental and emotional distress can help provide access to mental health care and therapies, some of which might not be available through the NHS.

Our compensation calculator can estimate your compensation for psychological injuries. Or you can call us on 0800 376 1001 to speak to a specialist advisor.

Livestock on the road

Despite vigilance on the part of farmers, animals can escape their enclosures and wander into nearby roads.

In cases where the farmer has failed to repair a broken gate or fence, the farmer is likely to be negligent and liable to pay compensation to road users injured as a result.

In some cases, however, loose livestock can be caused by a gate being left open. This could be a failure on the part of a farm worker or an unknown party, such as an anonymous rambler. This can, in some cases, make negligence more difficult to prove.

Typical injuries resulting from livestock on the road

One of the most common injuries sustained by drivers and passengers involved in a collision with livestock is whiplash.

Other common injuries include muscular damage, bruising and sprained or broken limbs caused by the impact of hitting a cow or horse, or by hitting a tree, fence or other vehicle while attempting to avoid the animal.

Who is liable for accidents involving livestock?

In many cases, the farmer who is responsible for the livestock will be held accountable for any road accidents that the animals cause.

Most farmers protect themselves from the financial consequences of paying injury compensation by taking out public liability insurance. This insurance is designed to cover the costs of any accidents caused by the animals owned by the farmer, or by any work undertaken by the farmer in the course of his normal duties.

How do I prove that an animal caused my road accident?

A road user may be injured in a crash with road furniture, a tree or wall, after turning avoid a loose animal. In these cases, it can be harder to prove that your accident was caused by the animal.

If possible, take photos of the loose livestock and report the incident to the police. Witness statements and dashcam footage are invaluable.

Broken fences and gates may be subsequently repaired, so it is recommended to act quickly after an accident to gather evidence, including photos.

A solicitor will able to advise further on this point, even if you are undecided about actually starting a claim.

What happened?

The claims process for an animal-caused road accident injury will depend on where and how the accident happened. Click the icons below for more information:

No win, no fee animal-caused road accident injury compensation claims

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Chris Salmon, Director

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Chris Salmon, Director