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Hitting an animal with your car while it is crossing the street or hitting another car while you or the other driver swerves to avoid an animal can result in a serious car accident. For many people, the act of injuring or killing an innocent animal only adds to the accident’s trauma. In many cases, auto insurance will pay for damages and injuries resulting from hitting an animal. Hiring an experienced car accident lawyer can ensure you get the benefits you are entitled to.

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    If you have hit an animal while it was crossing the street, you may be facing unexpected medical bills, repair costs, missed work and emotional trauma from injuring or killing an animal. You should not have to face these alone. Our attorneys at Big Auto Accident Attorneys are ready to fight for you and the compensation you deserve. No matter where your accident occurred, we are ready to help. Contact us to schedule a free case evaluation.

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    How Common Are Animal Crossing the Street Crashes?

    Any animal that enters a roadway can potentially cause an accident. There are an estimated 300,000 crashes involving wildlife reported each year. However, researchers predict that the number of actual crashes is much higher due to underreporting, particularly of minor accidents. This figure only considers wild animals and does not take into account the number of domestic pets or livestock that are struck each year.

    What Types of Accidents Involve Animals Crossing the Street?

    Animals can cause several different types of accidents. They may be single-car crashes or involve multiple vehicles. The most common types of accidents involving animals crossing the street include:

    • Swerving into another lane or oncoming traffic
    • Swerving and leaving the road
    • Striking the animal
    • Striking a stationary object (guardrail, fence, building, etc.)

    Each type of accident comes with unique risks and liability concerns. Drivers who experience a crash because of animals crossing the road should take steps to understand the implications of the accident.

    What Are the Risks of Hitting an Animal?

    Animals crossing the street pose unique challenges for drivers. First, they are often unpredictable, which makes it hard to develop an appropriate response to an animal on the roadway. Additionally, many run onto the road when drivers do not have sufficient time to react appropriately. This is true of both domestic and wild animals.

    Additionally, there are numerous consequences that could result from hitting an animal. This type of crash can cause physical injuries, damage to cars and personal property and emotional trauma. You may miss work to make medical appointments or because your car is inoperable.

    Property Damage

    You do not have to strike a deer or elk to raise concerns about vehicle damage. Even a small animal can cause significant damage to a car. If your insurance policy includes comprehensive coverage, this will likely cover costs associated with sitting an animal in the street. However, you may want to consider other options before filing a claim with your insurance provider.

    Since pet owners are responsible for keeping their animals under reasonable control, they may be responsible for costs associated with property damage if a pet is struck. Examples of property damage include repairs or replacement of a vehicle and damage to surrounding property if a car hits a stationary object.

    Personal Injury

    One of the most serious and common effects of hitting an animal is personal injury. This happens from the initial impact, a secondary impact after hitting the animal or swerving to avoid an animal and a vehicle leaving the road, hitting another object or turning over.

    Liability can vary depending on the situation in which an accident occurs. For example, if a domestic animal causes an accident, there may be laws regulating whether that animal should have been restrained or under its owner’s control. On the other hand, drivers who strike livestock animals in open range areas may be liable not just for their own injuries or damages to their vehicles, but also for any injuries to the animal in question. This is common in many places in Arizona and highlights why it is so important to understand local laws.

    If you have struck an animal, it is important to speak with an accident attorney who is knowledgeable about animal-related cases. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you navigate the legal system, determine fault and liability and seek compensation if warranted.

    Car accident injuries can easily result in the need for emergency medical care, hospitalization, surgery and missed work. Examples of injuries that commonly occur in accidents where animals are struck include:

    • Bone fractures
    • Spine and neck injuries
    • Concussions

    Animal-Related Crash Fatalities

    There were 164 deaths caused by animal-related crashes in 2021, which is down significantly from 202 in 2020. Interestingly, the initial impact of hitting an animal was the leading cause of death in almost two-thirds of animal-related fatalities. Vehicle rollovers and hitting fixed objects after first striking an animal accounted for 16% and 9% of deaths, respectively.

    When Do Collisions With Animals Happen?

    Drivers may encounter animals on the roadway at any time of year, both day and night. However, when it comes to collisions with deer and other wild animals, the Insurance Information Institute reports that accidents are most likely in the summer months of July through September while information from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows that, in 2021, fatalities from animal-related collisions were most likely to occur between October and December.

    There are several reasons for this timing, including the natural seasonal movement patterns of wild animals. For example, in Arizona, the beginning of the summer monsoon brings much-needed water that enables and encourages wildlife to travel greater distances. Mating and hunting seasons likely also factor into deer-related accidents in many areas.

    The majority of deer and elk-related car accidents happen at night. The two hours after dusk have the highest probability of striking a deer. Research shows that during that time period, drivers are more than 14 times more likely to strike a deer than in the two hours before sunrise. Many wild animals are most active at dusk and dawn, which is also the timeframe when most wildlife-related car accidents occur.

    How Can an Animal Crossing the Street Car Accident Lawyer Help?

    Hiring an attorney allows you to step away from insurance and legal claims and focus on your recovery. Experienced accident lawyers understand the complex laws and regulations governing accident cases and can help you navigate the process. A few of the tasks that experienced animal crossing the street accident lawyers help with include:

    • Investigate the accident to establish a sequence of events
    • Locate pet or livestock owners
    • File claims with applicable insurance companies, whether that is your own auto insurance or a pet owner’s home policy
    • Negotiate insurance settlements
    • File legal claims to recover damages

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