Most car accidents by themselves are traumatic enough to affect even the strongest individuals. But when accidents are caused by hitting an animal, the traumatic effect is increased substantially. The majority of injuries that occur in accidents caused by animals are caused not by hitting the animal themselves but when the driver tries to avoid the collision.
Recently, our local area has experienced some severe weather, which we have the pleasure of continuing to experience with (now) Hurricane Hermine. As most Floridians know, weather changes can affect everything from your outfit for that day to your driving habits on the road. As one local Bradenton woman recently discovered, those changes can affect the routines of our local wildlife as well. While it is very unlikely you are going to have the pleasure of seeing an alligator swim past you in rush hour traffic, it pays to be aware of your rights should you ever have an accident caused by any animal.
Depending on where the accident occurred and what type of animal was involved you may be covered under your own car insurance and another individual may be liable for the accident and the damages resulting from it. If you are involved with an animal related car accident your first step should always be to contact emergency services. It is always a good idea to have a police report completed because you may be required to provide that type of evidence of the accident to collect any benefits you are due.
If you have been involved in any type of car accident, contact our office today and speak to one of our seasoned attorneys about what benefits you may be entitled to. Please call our office at (941) 365-7575 or visit our Contact Us page.