Crashes with animals
Crashes envolving animals may happen at any time even on stretches without any animal crossing signs. Therefore be vigilant and slow down close to unclear forest or field edges.
Did you know this?
- Driving at a speed of 60 km/h means 17m/s and a braking distance of 35m.
- Driving at a speed of 100 km/h means 28m/s and a braking distance of 79m.
- Driving at a speed of 60 km/h and being involved in a collision with an animal the impact weight multiplies considerably. A wild boar has a similar effect like a rhino weighing 3,5 tons.
How to behave properly...
- When spotting deer on or next to the road, dip your headlights, slow down, brake and honk your horn. Dear cannot judge the speed of vehicles and bright light dazzles animals and makes them confused and disoriented.
- Look for other deer after one has crossed the road. Deer seldom run alone.
- Panicked animals sometimes cross the road suddenly. Even if you do not see any deer any more drive on very slowly.
- If a collision is inevitable a controlled impact is much better than an uncontrolled swerving.
- Grab the steering wheel tightly before the collision, brake firmly and drive straight on without swerving.
- Risky evasive maneuvers can endanger uncoming traffic and often cause injury accidents. It can also cause you to lose control and hit a tree or another car.
- Stop and get out of your car, secure the scene of accident and give first aid if neccessary.
- Switch on your hazard warning flashers, put on your reflective vest, pay attention to the following traffic and set up your warning triangle.
- Do not touch the animal. Even it seems to be dead not every deer has to be dead.
- Call the police and the hunter.
- Even if there is no visible damage inform the police. They will usually contact a hunter in order to put the animal out of ist misery.