What To Do If You Accidentally Hit An Animal On The Road

These are the laws on what to do and how to react properly if you accidentally hit an animal with your vehicle.

What To Do When You Accidentally Hit An Animal With Your Car

While it remains a relatively small issue in the greater scheme of things, especially with what the world is currently facing at the moment, new data shows that the number of drivers that have accidentally hit animals with their moving vehicles have more than doubled recently. In fact, this increase in cases can be tied to the coronavirus lockdown, with the numbers going up from 0.7 to 2 percent since March 23.

As for the animals that usually get hit, deer is the most common, although collisions with pheasants have increased as well.

“There have been several reports of more wild animals venturing onto the quieter roads and these could be catching drivers by surprise,” Lorna Connelly, head of claims at Admiral, said.

So what do you need to do if you ever have the misfortune of hitting an animal yourself? It may be a sickening thought, but knowing what to do can do a lot.

First off, under the Road Traffic Act 1988, you need to report any collision with any type of animal. This includes dogs, horses, cattle, pigs, goats, sheep, donkeys and mules. However, accidents with animals like cats, badgers or foxes don’t have to be legally reported to authorities, although it’s still encouraged. Strangely enough, deer aren’t included on any of this list despite their kind having the most instances of vehicular accidents at a yearly level.

Be careful when approaching an injured animal and make sure you report it to the local council or police if the animal is causing a road obstruction. If you hit a pet, you need to let the owner know.

With that in mind, taking extra safety precautions to avoid hitting them in the first place is the better scenario.

deer Deer are the most common type of animal that are caught in vehicular accidents. Joe Shlabotnik, CC by 2.0

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