There are thousands of foxes living in the UK, but are they dangerous and what should you do if you experience a close encounter with a fox?
If you’ve been injured in a road traffic accident after colliding with a fox, you have a fox that regularly visits your home, or you’ve been injured by a fox in your garden, here is some advice, which may help.
Reporting an injured fox
Foxes are not generally aggressive animals, but they can display potentially dangerous behaviour if they feel threatened. Even an injured fox can do severe damage to a human if they believe they are in danger, so try to avoid coming close to foxes and aggravating them in any way. If you think a fox in your local area or in your back garden may have suffered an injury, call the local branch of the RSPCA and report the incident. Examples of accidents which may cause foxes to become injured or incapacitated include road accidents, getting stuck in fencing or wire and poisoning.
Dealing with injuries
If you’ve been injured by a fox, it is a good idea to seek medical help. Foxes rarely bite, but when they do, it can be painful and it’s best to get the wound cleaned up as quickly as possible. In the UK, there is virtually no chance of contracting a disease from a fox bite.
Reducing the chances of a fox encounter
If you live in an urban area, you may be at risk of finding a fox in your kitchen or going through your bins. It is worth noting that foxes are generally timid animals that don’t look for trouble and would rather avoid human contact; however, they can be inquisitive and they may be tempted to stray through open doors. If you wish to reduce your risk of coming across a fox, it’s probably best to keep your doors closed, secure your bins and ensure that any rubbish is tidied up and put out regularly. When you are driving, particularly at night, look out for animals and pay attention to the speed limits.
Can I claim for an animal collision?
If you’ve had a collision on the roads involving an animal, this can be very distressing and the last thing you need is to worry about paying for damage to your car or any other vehicles, which were damaged as a result of the road incident. Most insurers cover animal collisions, but you will need to check the specific details of your policy.
If you’ve been hit by another driver and you were not at fault, you may be eligible for car crash compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, to talk through your road accident claim with a trained professional.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice