Do You Know How to Avoid an Animal Collision?

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    October 8 2021

    Do You Know How to Avoid an Animal Collision?

    This year, Animal Road Accident Awareness Day is on October 10, 2021. An animal road accident is oftentimes fatal for the animal. Depending on the size of the animal, it can be fatal for the driver as well. In recognition of Animal Road Accident Awareness Day, we will discuss animal collisions. Below we will discuss collision risk by state, provide tips to avoid an animal collision, and discuss how to handle an animal collision.

    We hope the below discussion helps you avoid an accident. If a driver injures you in a car accident, contact an experienced Las Vegas personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer will help to protect your rights and ensure you receive maximum compensation.

    Anthem Injury Lawyers in Las Vegas has a dedicated team of lawyers and staff ready to help you win your personal injury case. Insurance companies are not motivated to pay you significant compensation. You need an experienced Las Vegas personal injury lawyer to fight for you. Our firm offers  a proven track record of winning car accident cases just like yours for top compensation. Our personal injury lawyers offer over 25 years of experience winning compensation in personal injury cases. See how Anthem Injury Lawyers will put you in the best position to win your Las Vegas car accident case. Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers today at (702) 857-6000 to schedule a free consultation.

    Animal Collision Risk By State

    Every year, State Farm completes a study regarding the odds of collision between animals and drivers. Its data shows drivers in the United States, on average, have a 1 in 116 chance of a collision with an animal. Your odds of a collision with an animal depend on where you are driving. You are most likely to have an animal collision in a high risk state. Before you travel, understand your 2020-2021 odds of collision with animals by reviewing the below list.

    Low Risk States

    • Alaska, 1 in 325
    • Arizona, 1 in 416
    • California, 1 in 427
    • Colorado, 1 in 209
    • Connecticut, 1 in 220
    • District of Columbia, 1 in 816
    • Florida, 1 in 396
    • Hawaii, 1 in 649
    • Nevada, 1 in 551
    • New Mexico, 1 in 221
    • Washington, 1 in 279

    Medium Risk States

    • Delaware, 1 in 109
    • Idaho, 1 in 118
    • Illinois, 1 in 148
    • Indiana, 1 in 103
    • Louisiana, 1 in 173
    • Maryland, 1 in 107
    • Massachusetts, 1 in 114
    • New Hampshire, 1 in 188
    • New Jersey, 1 in 171
    • New York, 1 in 133
    • Ohio, 1 in 102
    • Oklahoma, 1 in 113
    • Oregon, 1 in 180
    • Tennessee, 1 in 119
    • Texas, 1 in 158
    • Utah, 1 in 153
    • Vermont, 1 in 116

    High Risk States

    • Alabama, 1 in 90
    • Arkansas, 1 in 80
    • Georgia, 1 in 89
    • Iowa, 1 in 58
    • Kansas, 1 in 89
    • Kentucky, 1 in 88
    • Maine, 1 in 91
    • Michigan, 1 in 54
    • Minnesota, 1 in 64
    • Mississippi, 1 in 59
    • Missouri, 1 in 78
    • Montana, 1 in 47
    • Nebraska, 1 in 95
    • North Carolina, 1 in 75
    • North Dakota, 1 in 73
    • Pennsylvania, 1 in 51
    • Rhode Island, 1 in 84
    • South Carolina, 1 in 70
    • South Dakota, 1 in 53
    • Virginia, 1 in 72
    • West Virginia, 1 in 37
    • Wisconsin, 1 in 57
    • Wyoming, 1 in 64

    Regardless of where you live, accidents can happen. If you are injured in a car accident that is not your fault, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. The team at Anthem Injury Lawyers provides expert representation to make sure you get maximum compensation for your injuries. Don’t delay.  Let’s get started pursuing your Las Vegas car accident case for top compensation. Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers today at (702) 857-6000 for a free consultation.

    Tips to Avoid an Animal Collision

    If you live in Nevada, you are at low risk for an animal collision. However, “low risk” doesn’t mean no risk. If you drive, you may encounter an animal. Help reduce your risk of a fatal collision with the below tips.

    Follow the Law

    • Obey the speed limits. Adjust your driving speed to help reduce the chance of an animal collision.
    • Abide by traffic signs and signals.
    • Limit distractions while driving. Distracted driving increases your chances of a collision.
    • Pay attention to animal warning signs. If animal warning signs are posted, stay alert for wildlife.
    • Slow down in neighborhoods. Look out for dogs and cats.

    Drive Defensively

    Drivers should drive defensively in wildlife areas. How can you drive defensively? Defensive driving means that you actively watch for the following signs that you may encounter wildlife on the road:

    • Wildlife near the road. Stay alert if you see animals on the side of the road, in a ditch, on the shoulder, or near the road. If you see one animal, there are probably more nearby. This is especially true for most herd animals, including deer and cows.
    • Roadside movement. Any movement on or alongside the road means there may be wildlife.
    • Shining eyes. Your vehicle’s headlights will reflect off the animal’s eyes.
    • Flickering headlights of oncoming cars or taillights. The flicker may be an animal crossing in the road.
    • Roadside reflectors that disappear/reappear. This might indicate an animal crossing in front of the reflectors.
    • If there is water near the road, then animals may be nearby as well.

    Know When Collisions Are Likely

    Animal collisions occur the most during October through December. You are more likely to encounter animals between dusk and dawn. Be extra alert when collisions are likely.

    Be Loud and Visible

    You may be able to scare wildlife by using your high beams or car horn. Your high beams can also help you to see on dark rural roads.

    Swerving Can Be Dangerous

    If an animal is in your path, it may be tempting to swerve. If it is a large animal, swerving may be your best option. However, swerving can be dangerous. Many accidents are caused when a driver tries to avoid an animal and loses control of their vehicle.

    How to Handle an Animal Collision

    Not all crashes between animals and drivers can be avoided. In some instances, you may have no choice but to hit the animal. If a collision is inevitable, use the following tips from the Wildlife Collision Prevention Program:

    • Aim appropriately. Aim for the spot the animal is coming from, not where it is going.
    • Look where you want to go, not at the animal. You tend to drive where you look. If you are looking at the animal, that is where the vehicle tends to go.
    • Avoid a head-on hit. If you must hit something, try for a glancing blow.
    • Brake firmly and quickly. Then look and steer your vehicle to strike the animal at an angle.
    • Let up on the brake just before you hit the animal. This causes the front end of your vehicle to rise and reduces the chances of the animal coming through your windshield.
    • Contact the authorities if there is an animal carcass. A dead animal on the road can be dangerous. Contact the authorities to remove the animal.
    • If you think the animal is a pet, try to contact the owner. Look for tags or ask someone if you are in a neighborhood. If the animal is injured, try to get it medical care.

    If you are injured in a car accident, remain calm and seek medical care immediately. Once you have received medical care, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Anthem Injury Lawyers have experienced personal injury lawyers who are ready to help you. We have the experience you need to get the compensation you deserve as a Las Vegas car accident victim. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.


    We hope the above tips help you avoid an animal collision. The law firm of Anthem Injury Lawyers understands that a car accident can injure the most cautious driver. If another person has injured you, it is important that you seek experienced legal representation. Time is of the essence. Get in touch with our Las Vegas personal injury lawyers today, so we can begin pursuing significant compensation for you. If you cannot visit our Las Vegas area office, we can come to you to discuss your personal injury case.

    You need a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer who has won significant compensation for clients in cases just like yours. We have over 25 years of experience specializing in personal injury claims. That is exactly the level of experience you need to win your personal injury case. Do not wait. Now is the best time to schedule your appointment with us to discuss the details about your Las Vegas area car accident. Have our Las Vegas personal injury lawyers examine the facts and learn about your case. We will fight for your rights and help you get the compensation you deserve as an accident victim. Plus, you don’t have to worry about affordability. Our Las Vegas car accident attorneys only get paid if you win your case.

    Now is the time to call us and tell us the facts about your accident case. See why our Las Vegas lawyers give you the best opportunity to win significant compensation. Don’t wait – we can put you in the best position to win top compensation as a victim in a Las Vegas car accident. Call Anthem Injury Lawyers today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    Published by Anthony Golden

    Attorney Anthony B. Golden (“Tony”) is one of the founding partners of Anthem Injury Lawyers. Tony represents clients in all aspects of personal injury cases, from pre-litigation through jury trials and appeals. Tony has a proven track record of successfully representing clients in trials, arbitration, and appeals, as well as assisting clients in resolving high-value cases in mediation.

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