There is plenty of wildlife across Florida and it’s not unusual for auto accidents across the state to involve wild animals. Just last year a mother and her two toddlers struck an alligator in an accident and skidded off the road causing fatal injuries to everyone in the vehicle. If you live in Florida, especially around the Gulf of Mexico, the chance of hitting a wild animal increases. One of the only ways that you can get access to compensation in an accident involving a wild animal is when the accident is considered unavoidable. Here are some of the best ways that you can avoid wildlife accidents in the state of Florida!
Driving Without Distraction
If you had a cell phone in your hands and you struck a wild animal, there is a high chance that the accident will be considered your fault.
Know The Roads
Understand the areas that you frequently drive and stay vigilant at all times. There are specific areas where wildlife congregate and if you find that there are areas where you regularly see roadkill, it is a good idea to stay alert when driving through.
Always Follow The Speed Limit
When you drive faster than the speed limit it can reduce your reaction time especially if a wild animal makes its way out onto the road. Going the speed limit will give you ample time to react.
If You’re Involved in an Accident
Make sure that everyone involved is okay, contact emergency services.
Pull over and do what you can to remain visible on the scene.
Call the police and inform them of the accident.
If you can take photos and document the scene, do your best to capture images of the animal, the vehicle and more. If you need assistance receiving compensation after a Florida wildlife accident, contact us today for more info!
This post was written by Wendy Doyle-Palumbo. Wendy has over 25 years of experience practicing law and has won several cases in helping those get the compensation that they deserve! Click here for more information! The information provided on this website does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information, content, and materials available on this site are for general informational purposes only. Information on this website may not constitute the most up-to-date legal or other information. This website contains links to other third-party websites. Such links are only for the convenience of the reader, user or browser; the ABA and its members do not recommend or endorse the contents of the third-party sites.