What To Do if You Collide with an Animal

Motorists collide with deer, moose, and bear everyday in the North Country. It's just another hazard associated with operating a car on our roads. Stay alert and drive with caution but when all else fails;

Here's what you should do if you hit an animal while driving

  • In New Hampshire, if there is damage to the vehicle when you strike something, including colliding with an animal, you are required to file a report.
  • Call the police or animal control immediately so they can take proper measures if the animal is injured or dead.
  • Examine the animal to make sure it is not injured or hurt. If it's a bear - stay in the car.
  • Do not pick up the animal, whatever size it is. It could kick or bite you.
  • Stay with the injured animal (in your car if necessary) until help arrives.
  • Alert oncoming cars of the accident with your high beams, hazards or flares.
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