What to do in the case of a collision with a forest animal?

At times when the nights are longer than the days and drivers have to move more during the dark hours of the day, special care must be taken when driving on the highway, when forest animals can often cross the road. But do you know what to do when there is a collision with a forest animal? In this article, we will find out about the correct course of action, if such a collision has occurred, what insurance works in such a situation and who should report it. We also conducted a survey among the followers of the Safe Driving School social networks.

The results of the survey show that the majority of the respondents, which is 67%, tend to move around during the dark hours of the day, when the activity of forest animals is the most intense. And 75% of respondents admit that they have had a situation where a forest animal is surprised by the part of the road. But as respondents admit that a collision with a forest animal has occurred only 24% of respondents and the majority, which is 76% of respondents, have successfully avoided the collision.

An important question in the survey was whether drivers know how to act in situations where there has been a collision with a forest animal, and 56% of respondents admit that they know what to do, but 44% admit that they do not really know.

Therefore, in the event of a collision with a forest animal:

  • Stop and stay at the scene, turn on the alarm and set an alarm.
  • If the vehicle is injured and it is no longer possible to continue the journey due to damage, the accident must be reported to the police by calling 110, as this is considered to be an accident.
  • If people are injured, report them to the Emergency Medical Service 113.
  • If there are no victims and the vehicle is not damaged, which would prevent the road from continuing, the police may not be notified.
    However, if a person then wants to receive some compensation from the insurer, they must call the police in any case.
  • Do not approach the slaughtered animal and report the incident to the State Forest Service.
  • The animal must not be removed from the scene.


How to act in situations when a forest animal is surprised on the road, comments the director of the Safe Driving School Jānis Vanks:

"When you notice an animal, the first thing to do is to reduce your speed, because the animal's movement and reaction are unpredictable. The deceleration must be sufficiently severe to enable the driver, if necessary, either to stop the vehicle quickly or to perform a safe overtaking maneuver. '

"Animals that are the same height as the bonnet should not be allowed to do so if it is dangerous to avoid. You just have to brake. However, care must be taken to avoid animals that are higher than the bonnet and may strike the windscreen in the event of an impact. "

What insurance works in cases where there has been a collision with a forest animal and whether it is possible to make mistakes in such a situation that would lead to the rejection of the insured event, comments the safe driving school cooperation partner insurance company ERGO:

“If there is a collision with a forest animal, the damage caused by the vehicle will be covered by the CASCO policy. In addition, ERGO KASKO has taken care that the collision with the animal is free of any damage during the term of the policy. The precondition is to report the collision to the police immediately. If the police are not notified, the insurance indemnity will be paid within the limit specified in the policy, if such a limit has been set, and the deductible for damages will be applied. ”

"In the event of a collision with a forest animal, it is important to follow the rules of the road and it is considered a road accident. Leaving the place of the accident is punishable by 70-700 EUR. The scene must not be left behind and other road users must be warned of the accident, for example by displaying a reflective triangle. Care should be taken to ensure that the shot animal does not remain on the carriageway and does not endanger other road users. The State Forest Service is responsible for removing an animal from the road and disposing of it. ”

Drive responsibly, observe speed limits, keep a longer distance with other vehicles, be especially careful at dusk and during the dark hours of the day, when animals move most intensely.