What to Do if You Hit an Animal while Driving

If you’re unfortunate enough to hit an animal while driving, there are some things you should do, both in terms of your own safety and the law.

Immediately after the collision, pull over to the side of the road and put your emergency lights on, and if you have flares put them out so other drivers have forewarning.

If you hit an animal, it’s important to call the police and report the accident. Many states require you to do so and enforce penalties for drivers who leave the scene of an animal collision.

This is good not only so that the animal can get some kind of medical attention or be removed from the scene but also so that you have a report of the incident to tell your insurance company about if your vehicle needs repairs.

After you’ve called the authorities, take photos of the scene to document for the police report and your insurance company. If the animal seems to still be alive, keep an eye on it and keep some distance from it—it’s probably scared and may attack if you get too close.

Do your best to avoid hitting animals by staying off the road when it’s dark, going the speed limit, and avoiding driving distractions.

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