The Road Ahead : June July 2014
THE INFORMATION PROVIDED IN THIS ARTICLE IS GENERAL IN NATURE ONLY AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE PERSONAL ADVICE ON LEGAL OR INSURANCE ISSUES. BEFORE ACTING ON ANY INFORMATION IN THIS ARTICLE YOU SHOULD CONSIDER THE APPROPRIATENESS OF THE INFORMATION HAVING REGARD TO YOUR OBJECTIVES, SITUATION AND NEEDS. drought brings animal strike danger RACQ IS URGING QUEENSLAND MOTORISTS TO BE AWARE OF THE DANGER POSED BY ANIMALS GRAZING BY THE ROAD. MEMBER ESSENTIALS | INSURANCE ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 76 THE ROAD AHEAD JUN/JUL 2014 THE INCIDENCE OF motor vehicles striking cattle, kangaroos and other wildlife has skyrocketed as drought grips much of the state. "An analysis of 2013 RACQ Insurance claims data showed the highest number of animal strikes occurred between July and September, with August the peak," RACQ Executive Manager Insurance Communications Mike Sopinski said. "The data showed seven percent of all motor vehicle claims in 2013 were for damage caused by animal strikes. Early evening, from 5pm-7pm, and early morning, from 5am-6am, are when strikes are most likely because that's when animals are feeding." The RACQ Insurance claims data also showed that the strikes were costly, with the average claim being $3366. "Irrespective of the circumstances, legislation exists in Queensland that effectively prevents recovery of any costs from the livestock owner," Mr Sopinski said. "The law basically provides livestock with a 'right of way' when they are on a road. Should a motorist strike an animal, their excess would be applied, but the policy no-claim bonus would not be affected." Australia Zoo Rescue Unit Manager Toby Millyard knows firsthand the significant impact cars have on wildlife. "The main reason for Australia Zoo Rescue Unit callouts is to attend to wildlife which have been hit by cars," Mr Millyard said. "When Queensland drivers find injured wildlife on the roadside, we urge them to call the Australia Zoo Wildlife Emergency Hotline on 1300 369 652 to reach the nearest wildlife rescue unit and stay with the animal for as long as possible until help arrives." The Australia Zoo Rescue Unit services the general Sunshine Coast and hinterland areas seven days a week from 8am-5pm and keeps contacts for wildlife rescue units statewide so help is always available. "Our rescue unit, funded by the Wildlife Warriors charity, is kept busy working to save injured wildlife from Sunshine Coast roadsides, but we're available to connect with the dedicated network of wildlife rescuers across Queensland," Mr Millyard said. STAFF AT AUSTRALIA ZOO RESCUE UNIT CARING FOR A KANGAROO JOEY HIT BY A CAR. The law basically provides livestock with a 'right of way' when they are on a road.