Tennessee Rules of the Road – People Riding Animals

18 October 2011 Categories: All Blogs, Car Accident, Personal Injury

In many of the rural counties in middle Tennessee, you may encounter someone riding a horse on the road, and you may be curious as to what rights and duties apply in that traffic situation. T.C.A. Sec. 55-8-105, as shown below, states that the people riding animals or driving animal-drawn vehicles must abide by the same rules of the road, but also have the same rights as anyone driving a vehicle. The bottom line is that you should treat them as another car when you encounter the animals.

T.C.A. Sec. 55-8-105. Persons riding animals or driving animal-drawn vehicles.

Every person riding an animal or driving any animal-drawn vehicle upon a roadway shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this chapter and chapter 10, parts 1-5 of this title, except those provisions of this chapter and chapter 10, parts 1-5 of this title that by their very nature can have no application.

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