Car Crashes and Wild Animals
There are many dangers that drivers take on every time they get behind the wheel. From distracted drivers to dealing with severe weather, motorists are at risk of an accident whenever someone drives negligently. Drivers are also at risk of dealing with wild animals running across the road.
In fact, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimates there are more than 1.5 million car accidents every year that involve deer or other large wild animals. Drivers have to be aware of the possibility of wild animals running across the road and also have to act safely and responsibly in these instances to avoid devastating accidents with other vehicles.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident because of a driver acting unsafely in the presence of a wild animal, you may be eligible for financial compensation. It is a driver’s responsibility to safely respond to these animals and if they fail to do so, they may be putting innocent lives in danger. Contact the Rhinelander car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. today at 800-242-2874 to speak with an experienced attorney about your legal options.
How to Respond to an Accident
Drivers need to be especially aware of wild animals between dusk and dawn. Be sure to drive slower at night, especially on windy and dark country roads. If you catch a deer or other animal in your headlights, be sure to:
- Attempt to miss the animal in order to try and avoid killing the animal, damaging your car, or injuring you and any passengers.
- Hit an animal at an angle if you cannot avoid a collision. This may help spin the animal away from your car.
- Slow down as much as you can. Even if you hit it, the slower speed will lessen the damage.
- Do not swerve into the other lane and put other motorists at risk.
If you have been injured because of a motorist swerving into your lane or driving recklessly in an area with “animal crossing” warnings, contact the Rhinelander reckless driving accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. today at 800-242-2874.