Collisions with animals are a real danger for many drivers. In fact, 629 people were injured and four killed in accidents involving animals on US roads in 2019, according to the latest government figures. car accidents caused by animals
These collisions also take a tragic toll on wildlife. Although the full extent of animal road casualties is not known, the RSPCA says that more than 74,000 deer are involved in collisions with vehicles each year. Domestic animals are no different and can run into the road suddenly. Dogs, cats, squirrels, deer … What should you do if you hit an animal with your car in Arizona?
If you hit a domestic animal, like a dog, you must stop at the scene of the accident. See if anyone needs help, such as the animal’s owner.
No one is around? You can’t reach the animal’s owner? If the animal weighs more than 25 kilograms, the law says you must report the accident at the nearest police station. If you aren’t sure of the animal’s weight, it’s best to report the accident anyway to avoid fine of up to $300 and nine demerit points on your driving record.
The “more than 25 kilograms” rule also applies. No need to call the police over a squirrel, but you must call if you hit a moose!
For some animals, you must report the accident to a wildlife protection officer no matter how much they weigh. Examples are coyotes, opossums, wild turkeys and all birds of prey.
What You Should Do?
Hitting an animal can seriously damage your vehicle. Call the AZ Hometown Law Firm about the accident right away at (602) 495-1005. AZ Home Town Law Firm has extensive personal injury experience dealing with animal accidents, including dog bites incidents.