Two people suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries when they were involved in a car accident with a moose. The incident highlights how dangerous a crash with a wild animal can be.
Car Hits Moose: Two Hurt
The incident happened on May 26, 2018, in Campton, New Hampshire.
The driver and a passenger of a Mini Cooper were traveling northbound on Interstate 93 when a moose appeared in front of them on the roadway. The driver was not able to avoid hitting the moose head-on, and ended up driving into the trees on the side of the highway after the collision.
While the driver was able to walk away from the crash, the passenger was trapped inside the vehicle. People who stopped to help after the crash were able to pry the roof far enough to get the passenger out of the car.
Both the driver and the passenger were brought to the hospital for treatment. Their injuries, while serious, are considered non-life-threatening.
Car Accidents with Wild Animals in New Hampshire
The state of New Hampshire is regionally renowned for its rugged and natural beauty. However, the wilderness that makes our state great comes with a price: wild animals regularly wander onto our roads and cause accidents.
When they do, there can be one of several outcomes:
- You hit the animal, and do not hit anything else.
- You do not hit the animal, but end up hitting a stationary object like a tree.
- You do not hit the animal, but end up swerving into another vehicle.
For the unfortunate driver who is behind the wheel when this happens, the first outcome is usually the best because insurance policies typically cover the damages caused by wild animals on the road. Of course, you might still have to meet your car insurance policy’s deductable, and your coverage might only be limited to some kinds of damage, but not others.
The last outcome, on the other hand, is usually the worst outcome for a driver in this situation. Drivers are expected to make decisions that a reasonably prudent person would make, and putting other drivers at risk in order to avoid a collision with an animal—even if that decision is little more than a reflex or a quick reaction, and even if that animal is a massive moose—is rarely considered reasonable. In cases like these, the resulting car accident is frequently considered the fault of the driver who tried to avoid the animal.
New Hampshire Personal Injury Attorneys at Tenn And Tenn, P.A.
Car accidents with wild animals are scary and traumatizing experiences. The property damage and the injuries that you can suffer in one are not insignificant.
If you or someone you love has hit a wild animal with your car in New Hampshire, and you want to make sure your insurance company provides the coverage they promised they would, call the personal injury attorneys at the Manchester law office of Tenn And Tenn, P.A. at (888) 332-5855 or contact us online.