Are You Surprised to Learn Just How Many California Vehicle Accidents Involve Wildlife?

Are You Surprised to Learn Just How Many California Vehicle Accidents Involve Wildlife?

Are you surprised to find that between September and November, 36 percent of accident claims involving cars hitting animals on U.S. highways occur? The most obvious reason for this increase is that animals, particularly large animals like elk and deer, have predictable migration patterns. In fact, from September to November, there are 67 percent more animal-related accidents than from July to August.

It is always a good time of year to learn about the likelihood of animal accidents. Keep reading to learn more and then request a free legal consultation from Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 if you have been involved in a car accident in California.

You can take precautions to prevent colliding with a wild animal

Drivers in all parts of the country must be particularly cautious on the roadways during the fall months. Not only must they be aware of other vehicles, but they must also keep an eye out for animals crossing the road or running into their lane. Remember that a fully grown deer can weigh up to 300 pounds, and a collision with one can result in catastrophic accidents and serious injuries to the driver and occupants of the car.

How to reduce distractions while driving and keep an eye out for animals on the road

The first piece of advice from experts is to do everything you can to reduce distractions while driving. This is always a good idea to avoid car accidents, but it is even more vital in the fall months when you know animals are there. Here are some suggestions to help you reduce distractions – before you start driving, get your radio and/or GPS ready, and keep your phone tucked away and on silent mode.

If at all feasible, drive during the day. Animals are most likely to migrate at dawn and dark, making visibility even more difficult. If at all possible, avoid driving during these hours. Make sure you maintain a safe speed. You will not have much time to respond to any animals you spot if you are driving too fast, which increases your chances of colliding.

What should you do if you accidentally strike an animal?

Of course, no amount of care can avoid 100 percent of animal-related accidents. If you do hit an animal, pull over and call the police non-emergency hotline. If an animal remains on a highway in California, you are compelled to report it. If you hit an animal and it flees, you should still report it to the authorities. During deer season, Animal Control works extra hours, so keeping an eye out is a good idea.

If you have been in an accident, you should contact an attorney.

Many individuals do not think to contact a personal injury attorney after being in an animal-related accident, but the truth is that you may be entitled to more compensation from your own insurance company than they are offering. Call 909-982-0707 to schedule a free case review with Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas.

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