Vehicle-To-Animal Collisions Jump 22 Per Cent

AAMI has released research data from 2023 showing that vehicle collisions with wildlife increased 22 per cent year-on-year.

In addition, more than half (54 per cent) of respondents said they had been involved in a collision with an animal, 40 per cent admitted to ignoring wildlife warning signs, and 10 per cent said they don’t know what they would do if they crashed into an animal.

The findings follow analysis of more than 21,000 AAMI animal collision claims across the country. The research also found:

  • New South Wales is the most dangerous state for animal collisions (30 per cent), followed by Victoria (29 per cent) and Queensland (24 per cent)
  • Dubbo in New South Wales is Australia’s worst animal collision hotspot, followed by Sunbury in Victoria and Goulburn in New South Wales
  • 36 per cent of animal collisions occur on rural and regional roads
  • Almost 60 per cent of all animal collisions occur between May and October
  • Dusk is the most dangerous time for animal collisions, with a quarter of accidents occurring from 4:30pm to 8pm
  • Saturday is the worst day of the week for wildlife related road accidents, with almost one third (31 per cent) of incidents taking place over the weekend
  • Male drivers and those middle aged (between 45 and 54, followed closely by 55 to 64) are most likely to be involved in an animal collision.

“Our claims data consistently tells us dawn and dusk are the most dangerous times for animal collisions,” said Leah James, AAMI Motor Claims Manager. “During winter, days are shorter and many of us are on the road when there’s low light in the early mornings and late afternoons. This coincides with when nocturnal mammals are most active, so drivers need to be more vigilant and on the lookout for wildlife.”