Road kill stats offer insight

The results of recent analysis into motor fleet claims data has shown that fleet drivers are most at risk of colliding with animals during the times when drivers’ vision is most affected.

The past five years of Vero’s fleet claims data was used to facilitate the study. Vero Manager Risk Engineering Richard Fenton says: “The data suggests there is a much higher risk of a vehicle colliding with an animal at times when the driver’s vision is less effective.”

“For example, the data showed that approximately 60 per cent of animal collisions occur at dawn (5am to 8am) and dusk (5pm to 9pm),” Fenton adds.

“There is also a higher incidence of animal collisions during the months with fewer daylight hours.”

A majority of animal collisions occur during winter and autumn months, with the least of all collisions occurring during summer.

Fenton says that risks increase during winter and autumn due to the driver’s’ inability to react as quickly to wildlife on roads as they would during brighter months.

“Many animals in Australia are more active at dawn and dusk than they are during daylight hours, which only adds to the risk,” Fenton says.

Fenton believes that brokers play an important role in educating their motor fleet customers on management of animal collision risks.

“Insurers and brokers can partner with fleet customers to help them formulate a risk management plan,” Fenton says.

“Fleet operators can examine the risk profiles of particular routes using crash data and eliminate or minimise the use of routes that have frequent animal collisions.”