One of the most common things that causes car accidents is an animal, whether it’s a domestic animal or a wild animal. Below are some of the things that you can do to help with avoiding having an accident with animals, especially wild animals.
Avoiding animals and car crash advice 1: Remember warning signs
Most of the accidents happen many times in prime deer habitat, like waterways, forested areas, and other places. If you see signs that say deer crossing, they aren’t there for tourists. It means the area you are traveling through is deer territory and that you should be really careful. The animals are crossing roads for different reasons throughout the year. Just be careful and you’ll avoid hitting them.
Avoiding animals and car crash advice 2: Don’t speed
You should never speed in general, but especially when you’re driving through deer country. Driving at a more reasonable speed is going to help you with avoiding an animal, because you’ll have more time to stop or swerve. When you’re dealing with weather conditions that are less than ideal, such as heavy rain and snow, you should slow down even more. There are three things that driving too fast is going to do to your driving:
- Make it hard for you to stop fast enough to avoid a collision.
- You’re going to have greater damage to yourself and to your car when you are driving at a higher rate of speed.
- You have a hard time taking evasive action and you are going to swerve more often, rather than gently responding and braking.
Avoiding animals and car crash advice 3: Drive defensively
Make sure you’re ready to take an evasive action, such as slowing down quickly, suddenly braking, or turning down your high beams. You should be driving so you can stop in your headlights’ space. You should practice this when you’re in an area that’s safe, until you know how fast this is going to be for the vehicle you’re driving.
Also, be sure that you’re wearing your seatbelt and make sure that all the passengers in the car are also wearing them. Sudden stops or lurches might have your passengers catapulted from your vehicle.
Chat to Accident Advice Helpline for free initial car crash advice
Many people are injured because someone else swerved to avoid hitting an animal. If you have been injured because of this, finding a solicitor is important. Give Accident Advice Helpline a call if you would like some help with this. We will be happy to give you free initial advice about a compensation claim. You can give our team a call on 0800 689 0500 (landline) or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to discuss things in more detail.