Accidents and Injuries at Animal Crossings
Drivers face many roadway safety risks. Reckless driving, dangerous curves, and extreme weather conditions increase the chances of being involved in a car accident. These accidents lead to a wide range of injuries and, in some cases, fatalities.
Areas with high amounts of wildlife create unexpected risks. Large animals severely damage automobiles and other property.
Fractures, lacerations, and whiplash are just some of the injuries that can arise from accidents related to animal crossings.
The following will help you obtain any compensation you may deserve so that you fully recover from your injuries and other losses.
What Happens When Animal Crossings Cause a Car Accident?
Animals can appear suddenly out of nowhere. In most cases, drivers are unable to react fast enough to prevent a collision.
When an impact occurs, the animals and those traveling inside the automobile may be severely injured.
If the driver is able to maneuver the vehicle in time, it may prevent a collision with the animal. But this could also cause them to collide with surrounding objects, automobiles, and pedestrians.
Hundreds of thousands of collisions involving deer occur each year, resulting in hundreds of fatalities and even more injuries. Automobiles sustain damages to their windshields and hoods.
Protecting Yourself From Car Accidents at Animal Crossings
With some simple steps, you can reduce the likelihood of hitting an animal and avoid the injuries and costly damages that can result from these and other accidents.
Animal crossing signs are usually posted to make drivers aware of the animals that may appear on the roadways. Paying close attention to these signs and reducing your speed in these areas can improve your reaction time.
Also, deer are seen more during the early morning and early evening hours. Their mating season occurs in the months of November and December, increasing their amount of activity.
Headlights give animals a warning that vehicle is approaching. Keep your lights on in areas that have animal crossings while reducing your speed.
Pay close attention to the areas surrounding the road. The more you can detect any movement from the sides of the road, the more likely you’ll be able to see an animal crossing the road.
Be aware of your surroundings in case you need to swerve in order to avoid hitting an animal. A sharp turn could cause you to collide with a tree or make your way into a ditch.
So knowing what options are available when an animal appears in front of you can improve your chances of avoiding a collision.
Getting Compensated for Your Personal Injuries
There are other parties who can be held liable for injuries related to an accident at an animal crossing. City officials may exhibit negligence when they fail to provide adequate and clearly visible signs to warn drivers.
Roads must be properly maintained and have enough lighting to allow drivers to see animals that jump out in front of them.
Animals that are owned by other individuals can also be involved in car accidents. Some animals escape their properties when their owners fail to restrain them. This can cause the animal’s owner to be held accountable for any injuries and damages.
You may seek compensation from other drivers involved in the accident. In some cases, one car may be able to respond to an animal crossing while the other may lose control and damage your vehicle.
Working with a personal injury lawyer lets you determine the value of your case and the options that are available to you.
Protecting your rights under state law and getting the compensation you deserve can help you overcome your injuries and make the necessary repairs or replacement of your automobile.
Animal crossings pose a serious threat to drivers. Knowing what steps to take to avoid these and other collisions protects you and your family from harm and keeps the roadways safe for everyone.
If you or someone you know have been injured because of someone else’s carelessness, contact CP Law Group today at 1-844-5-I’M-HURT (1-844-546-4878) to get the help you deserve. Contact Us.