Published: 09 September 2016
Author: Nicole Elliott

Risk of Animal Collision increases on Victoria’s country roads

As a regional law firm, our clients and colleagues cover a lot of kilometres on a daily basis, which is why we thought it worth sharing the RACV’s recent caution to our community.

Recent Road statistics

  • The RACV received nearly 15 animal collision insurance claims each day in the last financial year
  • The frequency and cost of collisions between motor vehicles and animals increased more than five per cent
  • There were more than 5300 animal collisions in 2015-16
  • The average cost of claims was 2.1 per cent higher than the previous year.

When do most collisions occur?

  • Most animal collisions happen near dawn and after dusk, or around 6am and 6pm. Collisions with wombats peak around 9pm
  • Collisions involving kangaroos spiked in autumn and 30 per cent of wombat accidents were recorded in winter.

RACV Top 10 local areas for collisions with animals

Rank 

Local government area 

Claims 2015-16 

Claims 2014-15 

1.

Greater Bendigo

413

388

2.

Macedon Ranges

307

291

3.

Wellington

189

183

4.

Whittlesea

182

173

5.

Yarra Ranges

172

143

6.

Hume

169

165

7.

Mount Alexander

164

127

8.

Mitchell

158

175

9.

East Gippsland

126

127

10.

Nillumbik

125

138

Kangaroos were involved in 82 per cent of all animal collisions and wombats were the second most common animal involved in collisions, accounting for 240 claims.

Animals most commonly involved in collisions

Rank 

Animal 

Claims 2015-16 

Claims 2014-15 

1.

Kangaroo

4370

4110

2.

Wombat

240

260

3.

Dog

218

204

4.

Deer

76

89

5.

Cattle

70

61

6.

Cat

67

76

7.

Fox

51

39

8.

Koala

31

17

9.

Horse

28

16

10.

Bird

22

30

11.

Rabbit

20

13

12.

SHEEP

17

19

Source: RACV Insurance claims data

Tips for avoiding a collision with an animal

  • Be extra careful when driving at dawn and dusk when kangaroos are more active
  • If you see an animal, try to brake rather than swerve in an effort to keep control of your vehicle.
  • Slow down and be more alert on road crests and bends where it can be more difficult to see animals. Be aware of signs that advise of animals in the area and if you notice dead animals, be sure to slow down as it is a sign that other animals may be in the area.

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