As we enter into the colder months of the year, the risk of getting involved in a collision with an animal tends to rise accordingly. Shorter daylight hours and mating season contribute to increased wildlife activity, increasing the likelihood that a driver may encounter a crossing animal during their commute. Due to this increased risk, it is imperative that Colorado drivers exercise caution on the roads and drive defensively to avoid an animal collision.
It is highly recommended that you take the following precautions:
- Reduce your speed
- Be mindful of animal crossing signs
- Eliminate distractions
- Make sure your lights are on
The most commonly hit animals are deer and elk. If you should see one in the road, be sure to check the surrounding trees for others as they often travel in groups. By focusing on one animal and trying to drive around, you may miss any other animals in the area that could potentially dart in front of your car. Always scan your surroundings thoroughly before proceeding onward.
What Should I Do if I Hit an Animal?
If you should be involved in a collision with an animal, the first thing you should do is call the Colorado Parks and Wildlife District at (303) 866-3437. Do not approach any animal or try to put it in your car, as they can be unpredictable and could possibly put you in danger. While it can be difficult, staying in your vehicle and calling the authorities is the best course of action to take.
When combined with the icy road conditions that are present around this time, it is imperative that you remain alert and cautious at all times to ensure safe travels. Making a few changes and doing your part as a responsible driver can help keep you out of a troubling situation.
For more tips on how to stay safe on the roads during the winter months or to discuss a recent collision with a Colorado Springs car accident attorney, contact The Law Firm of Ted Bills online or call our office at (719) 359-9000 today!