In Europe, officials have devised a plan to help reduce the number of animal-caused accidents – especially in rural areas. While it may look as though these animals are the victims of graffiti, they are actually being painted with a safe, non-toxic reflective paint. The goal is to make them more visible, especially at night, so drivers do not strike them. It is not just for the animal’s protection; this maneuver can help significantly reduce the number of accidents caused by animals in the roadway at night.
While the United States has not yet followed suit, accidents caused by animals are a significant concern – particularly on back roads and in rural areas of Florida. Reflective paint could be the solution to avoiding serious injuries or deaths.
Pets and farm animals wandering the roads, especially at night, turn into deadly roadblocks for motorists. In Florida, there is a high population of wildlife, as well as domestic pets. These collisions can result in serious injuries and property damage. Farm animals and other wildlife can be large, weighing several hundred pounds. When a vehicle has direct impact with them, it can be devastating. Often, motorists will do what they can to avoid such collisions, but that may still result in them veering off to the side of the road.
When Collisions Can Become Serious
While a collision with an animal does not always lead to death, there are other types of accidents that can be more serious, including:
- A head-on collision with a large animal while traveling at high speeds;
- Swerving to avoid the animal and striking a fixed object, such as a tree or fence;
- Swerving into another lane to avoid a collision, then striking another vehicle; or
- Stopping short to allow an animal to pass or avoid collision and being rear-ended by another vehicle.
Can I Receive a Settlement After an Accident with an Animal?
If you have been seriously injured in an accident that was caused by an animal (domestic or wildlife), you may wonder what your options for compensation may be. Some victims can recover compensation in these types of incidents, but it will depend on the circumstances of the accident.
For example, if your accident was caused by wildlife, you will not receive compensation – other than what your own insurance company provides. If you are a passenger in a vehicle that struck a wild animal, then you may have more options for compensation by seeking recompense from the driver.
If, however, your accident was caused by a domestic animal, the owner of that animal may be held liable for any injuries and damages that occur.
Speak with a Tampa Car Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an accident caused by a wild or domestic animal, contact Hancock Law Firm today. We offer free consultations and can discuss your claim. Call us at 813-915-1110 or fill out our online contact form with your questions.