I would stop, see if there was anything I could do, if it was a cat or dog, I would try to locate the owner so I could apologize and offer any help I could. that's what I would want done if one of my animals got hit.
I always try to stop, if it is at all possible, to see to animals hit in the road. Recently, in my community, a woman called into a talk radio show sadly describing how she'd seen a black dog on the side of the road for 3 days and she called any/all 'authorities' to pick up the (assumed) dead dog. No one would, no city/county entity would. So, for some unknown reason, she felt compelled to try to do it, herself. Here's the really pathetic part: THE DOG WAS STILL ALIVE! She was shocked, saddened, dismayed, and in disbelief. She was able to solicity help to carefully place the injured, suffering dog into her car. She rushed to her Veterinarian where she learned that the dog's spine was broken and there was no hope. She made the only decision she could, and the dog was, mercifully, euthanized.
IMAGINE IT! In the rain, in the cold, alone, frightened and in pain, the poor dog lay there until the kind woman made her decision to check.
We have saved injured animals and, out of respect, we have moved bodies off the road and/or wrapped them in newspaper or bag to bury on our 10 acres. It s the only respectable thing to do. Think about the dog.
Check you insurance coverage. If you swerve to miss an animal, have an accident as a result, a lot of them will not pay. Harsh as it sounds it is recommended to hit a deer here rather than swerve and possibly hit something else.
Yea...I know, but my heart wont let me hit it, I would probably hurt myself before I hurt an animal...I remember screaming while slamming on my brakes because a opposum was crossing the road...at night, my son kept yelling at me to hit it, I screamed back "it's to ugly to hit"
Actually, if you hit the deer or animal and it causes damages to your vehicle you are paid under your comprehensive coverage. If you swerve and hit a tree then you are paid under collision coverage and it goes against you. If you only have liability insurance then you are out of luck.
On occasion when I have hit animals, I have carried on. It isnt because I am heartless. I have had vulnerable sick people in the car and I dare not risk an accident with them with me. I volunteer and take cancer patients for their treatment. I have to make them priority. Believe me I am sorry and I feel terrible about it. x Am I absolved?
I would try to avoid hitting at all costs. And yes, I would stop. If needed, I would take that animal to a vterinary clinic, and if it's hurt too bad - just kill it that it wouldn't suffer. It's the least I can do.
Even with the insurance thing I'm not a hitter. I actually stopped on the way to a house viewing where I had clients waiting and picked up an injured dog who had just been hit. I had nothing but the map of the county to lay the poor bleeding guy on but I picked him up and went to my appointment. To my horror the lady thought I was injured because there was blood all over my shirt and jacket.
They transferred the dog to their car, took it to a clinic they knew about and he got all fixed up. They kept him, but didn't buy the house.
I have a friend that raises goats and they were all out in the road one night when I was coming home from the office really late. Yep, got out and herded them all back into the fence.
We live on a main highway and have lost many an animal in front of our house because people think it's ok to put out their pets and we will take them in. Unfortunately, this happens at night and the animals don't make it out of the road in time in most cases. We also have a natural pond and the deer jump the highway to get to the water and a lot of times don't make it.
It saddens me greatly when we have to clean one of these animals up from the road.
So, yeah I couldn't hit one either. Sorry, kinda one of my soap box issues here.
Wow some of the answers are different.... In New Zealand possums are hit at night on a regular basis on the road where I live. I think when they see the car head lights they think wow 2 MOONS.. Personally I try to avoid them as the bones from these little critters are solid as nails and many flat tyres are the result. Still if they look fresh people often stop, pick them up and PLUCK the FUR off them. Good MONEY for the FUR here in this country.
I have hit dogs, cats, pigs chickens, raccoons, squirrels, frogs, turtles, snakes and just about every conceivable bird around. But the worst damage was caused by a pregnant cow. These country roads are hilly and curve frequently making night driving hazardous at times.
Unfortunately none of the animals survived to test my good Samaritan emotions. I would have to argue against opting to hit a deer instead of taking evasive action. Not too long ago a lady was killed when she stuck a large buck which came in through the windshield of her car.
Many people compete for road kill in this area. No, not dead animals, but produce which has fallen from the trucks conveying it to the shipping points. Cabbage, bell peppers, zucchini, eggplant and and many other types of fresh vegetables are found by the roadside.
It isn't uncommon to see folks following a truck down a bumpy dirt road hoping (and almost never disappointed) some of the veggies will bounce off.