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Tips to Avoid Crashes with Animals

Tips to Avoid Crashes with Animals

When we think about animal-related injuries, we may only conjure images of dog bites or other animal attacks. However, there’s another way you can incur serious injury involving animals – and that’s by hitting them with your car. Deer and other large animals can do a lot of damage to both cars and their drivers, and swerving to avoid a smaller animal can lead to serious injury. Hundreds of Georgians are injured in accidents involving animals each year. Now that temperatures are dropping, animals are on the move looking for food or a warm place to sleep. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can reduce your risk of being in an accident involving another animal. Just follow these simple safety tips:
 

Don’t Drive Distracted

One of the best ways to avoid a car accident, including those involving animals, is to be fully aware of your surroundings. When we say “fully” aware, we mean eliminating distractions in your vehicle, so you can stay safe on the road.
 
The most obvious kinds of distracted driving are cell phone use and texting. However, the U.S. Department of Transportation defines distracted driving as anything that takes your attention off the road. This includes activities like:
 

  • Applying makeup
  • Conversing with a friend
  • Controlling the navigation system
  • Adjusting the radio
  • Eating or drinking
  • Smoking
  • Rubbernecking
  • Reaching for an object.

 
Take common sense steps to avoid these risks and eliminate distractions. Eat and get ready before leaving the house, even if you’re running late. Choose your favorite radio show before driving and save your adjustments for red lights or stop signs. While you may not be able to eliminate conversations with your passengers, try to avoid hot-button topics or impassioned conversations.
 

React Appropriately

Despite our most diligent driving habits, there are some things we simply cannot prepare for. One of these things is an animal running out in front of our cars. If this occurs, your reaction makes a big difference. Though it may be second nature to swerve, it’s also one of the most dangerous things you can do. A loss of control of your vehicle can prove deadly. No one wants to hurt an animal, but striking an animal is often safer than swerving to avoid it.
 

Improve Your Visibility

When driving at night, appropriate visibility is essential. Use your bright lights or high beams whenever possible and always replace your headlights when they burn out. This not only increases your visibility of the road ahead, it also makes you more visible to other vehicles or animals.
 
If you recently incurred injury or significant property damage as the result of a collision with an animal, you’re not alone. While you’ll likely seek compensation from your own insurance policy to pay for the damages, in certain instances an animal’s owner may be responsible. If you believe that someone else may be responsible for your property damage or injuries, a personal injury attorney can help provide further guidance. In the meantime, follow these tips to reduce your risk.

At Kaufman Law, P.C., we are passionate about protecting the rights of injured individuals. If you were recently injured in a negligence-related accident, turn to our reputable attorneys for the support you need during this difficult time. Our Atlanta personal injury attorneys work diligently to secure maximum compensation so that our clients can move on with their lives without experiencing financial strain as a result of their injuries. Should you decide to be represented by our firm, you can feel peace of mind in knowing you have enlisted the services of a reputable and caring law firm.

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