Recently, an accident in Lawrenceburg left two people with non-life threatening injuries. The crash involved four vehicles: two passenger vehicles, an 18-wheeler and an Amish buggy. According to police, the accident happened when the driver of a Toyota truck took his eyes off the road. When he looked back, he no longer had time to stop, and slammed into the buggy. He then crossed into the other lanes of the highway and hit the semi-truck and another vehicle. The at-fault driver and a passenger in the buggy were hospitalized.
The horse pulling the buggy was also harmed, and fled the scene of the crash and ran off to a nearby veterinarian’s office, where it received treatment.
Horse-drawn buggies are a common sight in more rural areas of Tennessee, especially in areas with high Amish populations. And those who ride in horse-drawn buggies face higher risks of injury in accidents due to the relative lack of protection buggies provide as opposed to cars.
Horse-drawn buggies can also be more difficult to see. To circumvent that, under Tennessee law, all horse-drawn vehicles that are being used on highways as a primary means of transportation must be equipped with a battery powered white strobe light and 100 square inches of reflective tape, or be equipped with two reflective lanterns and 100 square inches of reflective tape.
If you have been injured in an accident involving a horse-drawn buggy, seek medical attention and discuss your case with a personal injury attorney.
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