By permission--The Columbus Dispatch http://columbusdispatch.net/
Buggy accidents have many causes.
See my statistic charts below.
Loud noises from motorcycles and trucks
Accidents result in property damage, injury and death. In my opinion, the top accident cause seems to be non-Amish drivers who are either inconsiderate or in a hurry. Many buggies are cut-off by vehicles trying to pass and are usually hit from the rear or on the side.
Horses sometimes dislike water on the roads, splashes from passing vehicles, loud noises, uneven roadways (such as metal and wooden bridges) etc.
PLEASE DRIVE CAREFULLY IN AMISH COUNTRY. You may save an animal or human life. Take the extra minute to get to your destination. Thank you.
Here is some other information and links on buggy accidents.
Article from The Lancaster Sunday News by S. Kopfinger (December 28, 1997)
I have not done a thorough research on buggy accidents, only a very
general type research. I have gathered information on buggy accidents from the
newspapers, television and radio reports, so please don't take this figures as
substantiated facts. They are for information purposes only.
CHARTS INCLUDE COMBINED TOTALS FOR THE MONTHS LISTED.
|Total buggy accidents by month (U.S. and Canada)|
|This graph is a total count by area of
all accidents types
(U.S. states and Canada) .
|People injured are mostly Amish.
Killed Amish - 19 yr old
|Chart shows a total of all causes of
(U.S. states and Canada)
See category explanations below
Listed categories were, in my opinion, the cause of the accident. Following is a clarification of some of the categories.
Truck is semi, cement, tractor-trailer, etc.
Equipment category is farming equipment or road working equipment.
Buggy means one buggy hit another buggy or a buggy hit a car.
Human Error/Other means not being able to keep horse under control. For example: horse turned into wrong road. turned to quickly, etc.
Previous year totals - click
here for statistics from
May 1999 thru April 2000.
Visitors since June 2, 1999