Wildlife Involved Car Accidents

, Posted: Wed, December 12 2012 at 10:28 AM, Updated: Wed, December 12 2012 at 10:36 AM

A young man walked away unharmed after rolling his vehicle several times off I-5 near exit 27 early Wednesday morning.

The driver was attempting to avoid hitting a raccoon when he crashed his car. The interstate was reduced to one lane while crews worked to clean up the damage.

Wildlife involved car accidents are common especially during the months of October, November, and December. Officials also say they are more likely during the hours before dusk and after dawn.

If you see an animal in the road slow down immediately. Also if you see one animal it's likely that others are nearby. Deer especially travel in large numbers.

Nationwide statistics show that there are 1.5 million car accidents involving just deer each year. Those numbers do not include accidents involving other wildlife like moose, elk, horses, or coyotes.

Officials say in the worse case scenario always avoid swerving even if it means hitting the animal. For more tips on how to avoid an accident with wildlife head online and read this fact sheet...

https://www.defenders.org/sites/default/files/publications/collision_facts_and_figures.pdf

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