Oh Deer! Crash Course on What to Do After Hitting an Animal

Oh Deer! Crash Course on What to Do After Hitting an Animal

Imagine cruising down the road, tunes blasting, when suddenly, a furry flash darts across your path. BAM! You’ve hit an animal. It’s a heart-stopping moment, leaving you shaken and unsure of what to do next. Don’t worry, friend, this handy guide will help you navigate the aftermath of an animal collision like a seasoned pro.

First things first:

  • Safety first! Pull over to the side of the road and turn on your hazard lights. This ensures you and other drivers don’t become part of the furry fender bender saga.
  • Size matters. Assess the situation. Was it a tiny bunny or a majestic moose? If the animal is small and seems okay, proceed with caution. But if it’s a large, injured animal, stay in your car and call for help immediately. A spooked elk can pack a serious punch!
  • Dial for help. Contact the authorities to report the incident. This is crucial for both safety and insurance purposes. If you or any passengers are injured, call for medical attention right away.
  • Insurance 101. Don’t forget to notify your insurance company about the accident. They’ll guide you through the claims process and help you get your car back on the road (and hopefully not sporting a new deer-shaped hood ornament).

Bonus tips for avoiding Bambi and his buddies:

  • Twilight terrors: Be extra vigilant during dawn and dusk. Animals are most active during these times, making them more likely to cross your path.
  • Rural roadblocks: Keep your eyes peeled when driving in rural areas. Deer, elk, and other woodland wonders often frequent these parts.
  • Brake, don’t swerve! If a collision seems inevitable, brake firmly instead of swerving. Swerving can put you in the path of oncoming traffic or cause you to lose control of your vehicle.

Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of fender repair. By following these tips, you can significantly reduce your chances of having an animal encounter (of the unpleasant kind). But if Bambi does decide to play bumper cars with your ride, stay calm, follow these steps, and you’ll be back on the road in no time, with a story to tell (and hopefully, no totaled car).

P.S. Keep in mind that laws regarding animal collisions vary by state. So, it’s always a good idea to check your local regulations to ensure you’re following the proper protocol.


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