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Accidents with wild animals: this is what you should do

Deer, wild boar and other wild animals are out and about again at twilight. 20,000 accidents involving wild animals are reported every year. This is what you should do if you hit an animal.

16 november 2019, text: Jens Wiesenhütter, photo: Unsplash

Road in the forest with a warning sign wild animals
If a deer, stag or wild boar is hit by a vehicle, the incident must be reported to the police.

Initial steps in the event of an accident involving a deer, stag, wild boar, etc.

These are the steps you must take if you hit a wild animal:

  1. Stop and switch on your hazard lights
  2. Use a warning triangle to secure the site of the accident
  3. Report the accident to the police (telephone number 117)
  4. Wait until the gamekeeper or the police are at the scene
  5. Do not approach the animal; you will put it under additional stress
  6. Inform your insurance company

The police call in a gamekeeper, hunter or vet to help the animal as quickly as possible, so it is important to report the accident as soon as you can. If you do not call, you are at risk of being reported to the authorities. If the collision was unavoidable in spite of driving correctly and the report was made promptly, there is also no risk of incurring a fine in the event of an accident involving a wild animal.

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Before the collision: what are the correct steps to take?

Pay attention to signs indicating places where wild animals are known to wander. In such places, adjust your speed and the distance to the driver in front so that you can brake promptly. If there is an animal on the carriageway, this is what you should do:

  1. Brake immediately
  2. Dim your headlights
  3. If necessary, sound your horn
  4. Under no circumstances, swerve in an uncontrolled manner

How are accidents involving wild animals insured?

Damage caused to a vehicle in a collision with an animal – whether it be a domestic or a wild animal – is covered by a comprehensive insurance policy. It is important to bear in mind here that a partially comprehensive insurance policy only pays out for the damage if a collision with an animal actually occurs. Damage to a vehicle as a result of the driver merely swerving is only covered by a comprehensive insurance policy. In the event of a collision with a wild animal, the driver must ensure that the bodies responsible – that is, the police or the gamekeeper – log the incident. If he fails to do so, the loss event will only be covered provided he holds a comprehensive insurance policy.

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