Watch for Wildlife On the Road
Posted by Lisa D. on September 27, 2016 in Auto Focus

It’s that time of year when it stays darker later in the morning and gets darker earlier in the evening. It’s also the time when animals—deer, moose, and elk in particular—are on the move and on the road.


Here are some tips for avoiding and handling an animal collision with your vehicle:


To avoid an animal collision:

  • Stay focused while driving. Be alert, especially during dusk and dawn when animals are most active.
  • Scan the road ahead of you. Use high-beam headlights when there is no oncoming traffic.
  • Slow down when you see animal crossing signs, which are posted in known high-traffic areas. These are often located near woods and water.


If you see an animal:

  • Slow down and stay in your lane. Swerving and hard braking could cause more injury to you and others.
  • Flash your vehicle’s high-beam headlights and honk the horn to move the animal off the road.
  • Animals tend to travel in herds. If you see one, there may be more in the area.


After an Animal Collision:

  • Keep calm. If able, move your vehicle to a safe place and turn on your vehicle’s hazard lights.
  • Call emergency services if anyone is injured. Contact the local authorities to clear the roadway or if any property has been damaged.
  • Check to see if your vehicle is safe to operate. Look for leaking fluid, damaged lights, loose parts, etc. When in doubt, call a tow truck.
  • Stay away from the animal. A frightened or wounded animal could harm you.
  • Take photos of the roadway, vehicle damage, and any injuries sustained.
  • Report the incident to your insurance company as soon as possible.


Check out the following articles for additional information:

Deer Accident FAQ

Collisions with Deer and Other Animals Up since 2000

Avoiding Deer Car Collisions

Lisa D.
Lisa D. has over 14 years of experience in the auto insurance industry, including 12 years at ACUITY. She obtained her P&C license and sold personal insurance for two years before starting at ACUITY, where she focuses on researching new auto coverages, helping with the auto pricing system, and leading auto insurance-related projects. On top of that, Lisa has her Association in General Insurance (AINS) and Associate in Personal Insurance (API) designations. Outside of work, Lisa enjoys cooking, photography, and spending time with her family. The last two go hand in hand, as she takes pictures of her kids every day.

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