New York – The dangers of slow moving horse drawn carriages using the same streets as fast moving cars has become much more apparent this week. A car crash involving a horse pulled wagon took place in Midtown Manhattan. Differing accounts of the accident have created some confusion as to who caused the collision with injuries. Some have noted that the car was possibly speeding or reckless driving. Witnesses have reported that the car slammed into the side of the horse and wagon causing the horse to trip and fall and suffer serious injuries. However, another account of the accident explains that the horse charged into the car and then collapsed. In any event, this horse accident has brought to the forefront about the dangers of having horses on public city streets. Some have charged that such a dangerous situation is intolerable and can be expected to lead to accidents and injuries or even possible wrongful death. This includes the dangers not only to drivers and passengers in cars and in the carriage but also pedestrians, bicyclists and the horses themselves. According to officials, this horse was actually on his first day on the job at the time of the work accident. This raises the question about whether or not the horse and driver of the carriage had sufficient safety training before starting work. See this article for more about this collision.
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