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Experts determine the most often causes for collision between vehicles and wild animals

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUNovember is traditionally the month that has the largest number of accidents involving vehicles and wild animals. What is particularly interesting is the fact that the average losses car owners suffer as a result of colliding with wild animals remains unchanged – at EUR 1,300 annually.

According to insurance claims submitted to BALTA insurance company, November is especially packed full of road traffic accidents involving wild animals. Every year in November BALTA receives at least 75 applications of this kind. This does not mean, however, that drivers can relax in other months. Statistics show collision with wild animals can happen at any time of the year. For example, accidents are also often noted in January and May. Every year insurance companies receive approximately 650 applications asking to cover damage caused by collision with wild animals. The size of requested insurance claims remains on average at EUR 1,300.

Here are some recommendations for drivers to avoid collision with animals:

-do all you can to avoid colliding with a wild animal. First of all, watch of for signs warning you about the presence of wild animals. Secondly, reduce your driving speed, because animal behaviour is unpredictable;

-if an accident does occur – stop the car, turn on emergency lights and set up a road accident area with three cones;

-if you hit a small animal, you can drag it to the side of the road to avoid interfering with road traffic. If the animal is big and it is impossible to move, make sure to mark the area to let other drivers see and avoid it;

-inform the police. They will report to appropriate authorities that will come and sort things out;

-do not leave the animal on the road and drive off – it will only endanger other drivers;

-do not put try and put the injured animal in your car, because it counts as misappropriation of property of another person, which is a punishable offence.

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