Driving through a secondary route sometimes leads to the risk of a wild animal invading the road.
Inevitably, even if you go at the right speed and your driving is correct, you are not exempt from the risk of events like this that can lead to accidents with animals, so you have to be prepared and know how to act correctly if it just happens.
Despite the danger traffic signals due to the possible presence of animals on the road, what are we going to fool ourselves into: we do not usually take them into account because of the low probability that it will happen. And especially at night, these accidents with animals are much more dangerous, because the visibility is more reduced.
The problem is not only animals, but the maneuver made to avoid them is too abrupt, which depending on the speed you take can be fatal (invade the opposite lane, end up in the gutter, etc.). If the crash is inevitable, we recommend that you follow a few steps.
What to do if you suffer an accident with an animal?
In the first place, it is necessary to take into account Law 6/2014, of April 7, which regulates the responsibility for abuses of hunting species (deer and wild boar, for example) when breaking into the road. This law considerably limits the responsibility of the Administration, to transfer it to you, as a driver, and ultimately, to the insurer.
You and your insurance will have to answer for the abuse of the animal and for any damage it may cause to other vehicles and their occupants , as well as signaling elements and protection of the road (guardrails or fences). The problem will arise if the insurance you have hired does not cover accidents with animals, something that, except in policies at all risk, is usually usual.
When the accident has taken place, we must take care of the people who have been affected and call the emergency services, as well as the Civil Guard to write the report. This will serve as proof, in the future, to sue the Administration or the responsible of the preserve. This only has responsibility if there has been hunting activity 12 hours before the accident), and the Administration will have it if there were no warning signs, there were no protective fences or barbed wire or they were broken.
The most important evidence you can gather are the testimonies of witnesses, for example the owner of the preserve, as well as the official records of the emergency services and Civil Guard. To this you can add photographs of the place of the accident and a list of damages caused, such as the invoices of the workshop, medical parts, etc.
As you can see, the most important thing is to take care of the injured, and in case only the car suffers damages, it is necessary to proceed as indicated.