What To Do If You Hit An Animal While Driving

A road sign with a koala bear crossing

As we know, driving is hazardous by nature. Not only are we trying to avoid other drivers, but we also have to be constantly on the lookout for animals. Jumping animals don’t always mean kangaroos when you are driving through a rural area, livestock are just as unpredictable, as well as local cats and dogs running loose in suburban streets. Experiencing an animal jump out and hit your vehicle is can be sudden and quite shocking. If you do hit an animal, it’s important that you remain calm. Make sure you pull over where it is safe and check on the animal. 

If the impact did kill the animal, it’s important you stay cool and in control. If the animal is in the middle of the road, move it to the side so that it doesn’t cause further incidents. Be aware of your surroundings, make sure it is safe for you to move the animal without being a hazard to oncoming traffic. If you have hit a kangaroo, or the animal is likely to be carrying a baby, make sure you check its pouch. If there is a baby, grab something warm, like a piece of spare clothing, and carefully remove them. You will need to take the baby animal to the nearest vet or wildlife centre — their treatment comes at no cost to you. If you have hit and killed a domestic animal, by law you have to take it to a vet and call the animals owner, the Police or the RSPCA

If you find that the animal is badly injured but still alive, be sure to approach the animal with caution. Due to the stress of the event, the animal may be quite dangerous. Depending on the size and state of the animal, if you have a blanket and can safely put the animal in your car, take it to a local vet or wildlife clinic. Again, you will not be charged for this service. Above all, it’s important that you don’t risk your own safety. If the animal is too big or very stressed, you can call RSPCA to get advice and help take the animal into care. 

Whether you have been in this situation or not, it’s important to take precautions when you are driving. Animal behaviour is unpredictable, especially when panicked. If the animal looks like it’s headed one way, slow down and prepare for it to head your way. When you are planning a drive through denser wildlife areas, be extra cautious in the early mornings, late in the afternoon and at night as this is when wildlife are most active. Make sure you follow the Animal Crossing signs, the QLD Government use these signs as a warning that “the road ahead is an area where wild animals are known to cross, or be on, the road and can be a hazard”. 

As you may already be aware, hitting an animal can lead to a substantially damaged car. Most comprehensive car insurance providers cover these types of claims. Thinking into the future, if your daily drives are through rural regions, or you have recently moved into a more densely populated wildlife area, you may want to think about upgrading your car, or equipping your current vehicle with precautionary equipment. 

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Posted on September 18, 2019 in Driving Tips, Owning A Car