PENNSYLVANIA, USA - APRIL 30 : An Amish horse and a buggy are seen on the road in Central Pennsylvania, United States on April 30, 2017. Central Pennsylvania is home to an iconic set of plain people, the Amish. Amish people are known for their simple way of living and  refuse modern technology like electricity, central heating. They work in the fields including children, plant and harvest crops without modern farm technology. Amish women make their own long, dark-colored dresses and the men mostly grow long beards and wear hats due to their religion. Some Amish allow bicycles while others often permit the scooter instead. Farmers ride horses on their land and ride buggies in their daily lives. (Photo by Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Buggy Accidents Increase in Lancaster County

wwatch_the_horseRecently Lancaster County residents have heard about an increase in the number of vehicle accidents involving Amish buggies. Speed and carelessness are the culprits in almost every case. Carelessness can be the fault of either the car or buggy driver.

Motorists should be aware that even though most horses are trained for the road, they can still spook. When passing a buggy under normal driving conditions, motorists should primarily watch the horse. Watching only the buggy is a mistake. Safe driving requires vigilance and focus by all buggy and motor vehicle drivers.

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