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Reducing Wildlife-Vehicle Collisions in California

At this time, Caltrans and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife are working on several projects to help reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions on roadways. Even with these efforts, motorists are reminded to stay alert and be on the lookout for wildlife during this busy season.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) recently issued a press release to raise awareness about Watch Out for Wildlife Week. This year, Caltrans and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife are urging drivers to be alert for wildlife during the fall season. This year, Watch Out for Wildlife Week runs from September 16 – 22, 2018. This time of year is particularly dangerous for elk and deer, as it’s their time to migrate and look for mates. Many roadways in California cut through these animals’ migration routes, so it’s critically important that drivers remain vigilant. Collisions with wildlife aren’t just bad for animals; they can cause significant damage to vehicles and even lead to injuries or death of passenger occupants.

“High Traffic” Wildlife Period

According to The California Department of Fish and Wildlife, deer, bears and other types of wildlife are most likely to be killed and injured on roadways between September and December. During this time, they’re more likely to display unpredictable movements and get closer to roadways and human areas. This is a “high-traffic” time for wildlife of all kinds. Deer does are migrating and traveling with their fawns. Bucks are fighting for mates, and black bears are in search for additional food, so they can fatten up for winter.

Wildlife Safety Roadway Tips

  • Be extra alert when driving in areas where wildlife frequent, like streams and rivers.
  • Slow down, so you can react safely.
  • Pay extra attention during the morning and evening hours when wild animals are most active.
  • If you see an animal on or near the road, know that another may be following it.
  • Don’t litter, trash can attract animals to roads.
  • Pay attention to the road shoulders. Look for movement or reflecting eyes.
  • Slow down and honk if you see an animal on or near the road.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in San Diego, along the Central Coast or in any of the nearby communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation.

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