08 Nov Deer in sight
Motorist vigilance is crucial in November; especially in regions where the danger of hitting an animal is great.
Despite signage, fences and wildlife crossings, the best way to avoid a collision with an animal is to keep your eyes open.
Between 2020 and 2022 in Quebec, an annual average of nearly 7,000 road accidents involving a deer, moose, caribou or black bear are reported. The white-tailed deer (deer) remains at the top of the list.
Important points to remember:
- The most dangerous times of day are dawn and dusk.
- Slow down immediately if you suspect the presence of a deer near the road. These animals are nervous and unpredictable.
- Do not hesitate to tap your brakes to alert other drivers to the potential danger.
- Remember: never make sudden maneuvers to try to avoid the animal at the last moment. This could lead to a much more serious accident.
- When a collision seems imminent, it is best to slow down and brake gradually.
- Be particularly wary on curves, slopes or areas with dense vegetation.
DID YOU HIT AN ANIMAL?
The law requires you to report the accident to the nearest police station if the animal weighs more than 25 kilograms. If in doubt about the weight of the animal, it is better not to take chances and make the declaration anyway. Fines can reach $300 and 9 demerit points could be entered on your driving record.
Jackie Beaudoin, Leclerc Insurance and Financial Services