‘Don’t swerve violently to avoid hitting wildlife’

Published: November 16, 2017
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An horrific accident on the Carnarvon Highway in Queensland has once again highlighted the dangers of swerving to avoid wandering wildlife.

A 46-year-old man was reportedly attempting to miss a kangaroo when his car rolled off the road and crashed five metres down an embankment at Wellesley south of Surat. Although the man – who spent more than two hours trapped in his overturned vehicle – wasn’t a grey nomad, the lessons from the crash are pertinent to all who use country roads.

Every year there are many collisions involving animals occur on rural highways and byways … but the advice from bodies such as the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) in New South Wales is clear.

“If you see an animal on the road (alive or dead), do not swerve violently to avoid the animal as this can cause you to lose control of your vehicle or to hit oncoming traffic,” it said. “If you can’t avoid the animal safely you may have to hit it to avoid injury or death to yourself and others.”

It’s certainly a lesson that the driver involved in this latest suspected wildlife swerving accident will have learned the hard way. The man was pinned into his crumpled car by his arm and abdomen for several hours and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crews say it was a ‘difficult extrication’.  The injured motorist was then taken by road ambulance to the Surat Airport and later airlifted by RACQ LifeFlight to Toowoomba Hospital in a ‘stable’ condition.

Earlier this year, a caravanner was incredibly lucky to avoid serious injury when he swerved to avoid hitting a goat on the North West Coastal Highway near Kalbarri in Western Australia. The man lost control and his 4WD and caravan both toppled over. He was fortunate to escape with only minor bruising.

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