Watching wild animal on the roadside while driving may be entertaining. However nobody would be laughing if they collide with wildlife. The damages can be considerable to the vehicle and animal would probably die. Even you do not collide with animals you can still end up in accidents while trying to avoid them.
According to the US Department of Transportation, every year around two hundred people die due to accidents involving animal collisions. God knows how many animals are killed and how many accidents have happened while trying to avoid the imminent crash.
Comprehensive coverage is the portion pays for animal collisions rather than the collision coverage. This portion is optional unless it is required by the loan or lease company as a condition. This coverage can serve peace of mind in areas with known wildlife.
Why and where the crashes are likely?
When roads are built wildlife may not be taken into account as much as the costs, travel distances and soil structure. Consequently these roads would pass many areas with wild animals. They may also be on the path of migrating animals. Some of them are known to be on the brink of extinction due to accidents and disturbance to their habitat.
They could be anything from turtles to wolves. Also the curves on the roads are obvious danger requiring extra attention. There are signs in most parts of the roads as to what type of animals you may encounter. But we may come to forget about them as we see many signs and hardly come close to hitting one.
What to do to avoid the animal collisions
State transport authorities are working on improving roads and signage for both cars and animals. Some states are known to build safe passages for migrating animals on their paths. These solutions help improve the welfare of animals. Also, drivers can take extra care as below.
Knowing your surroundings is a good sign of an efficient driver. Look out for the signs and read about the new destinations you are venturing. If you know what to look for it is easier to spot.
Always look out for the animals if there are signs and if you are aware of their existence. If you see an animal on the road side there is a high chance there are a few more around.
Remember to buckle up and wear helmets. These simple precautions can save lives. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety about sixty percent of people died in accidents involving. Even a minor collision can be highly dangerous if you are not wearing seat belts or helmet. Keep this in mind while having a good time on wide open roads.