WHEN IT HAPPENS
AFTER THE ACCIDENT
1: STOP THE VEHICLE - HAZARD LIGHTS ON
2: SECURE SIGHT
(Breakdown triangle 50 m in town, 100 m outside town)
3: INFORM POLICE DIAL 117 OR 112
The police provide the responsible specialists in the region
4: NEVER APPROACH WILD ANIMALS
5: STAY ON SIGHT f
IF YOU CAN’T AVOID THE ACCIDENT
DURING THE ACCIDENT
1: DO NOT AVOID!
2: INITIATE EMG BRAKING
3: HOLD ON TO THE STEERING WHEEL
4: AVOID MOVING THE STEERING WHEEL
do not look away! Help!
leaving the scene - legal issue
In the event of an accident with an animal, the law stipulates that the owner or, if he is not known, the police must be notified immediately. Failure to report is a criminal offense. The notification requirement applies to pets; Art. 51 para. 3 SVG of the Swiss law. The cantonal hunting law applies to wild animals, so we recommend that you notify the police in all cases via 117 or 112.
ANIMALS PENALTY NOTICE
Escaped animals can suffer badly injured somewhere in cover for days and perish in agony. Only if the collisions is reported immediately the animal can be searched for, professionally cared for according to their condition and, if necessary, released of the pain. Those who do nothing are punishable under Art. 26 TSchG of the Swiss law.
WHAT CAN YOU DO
Collisions are dangerous!
A collision can have fatal consequences not only for animals, but also for you and other passengers!
Probably the most important measure is to drive slow and be on alert. Every 30 Minutes an animal gets hit!
1: Reduce speed, especially if a warning sign is presented
2: Be careful in the morning, at dusk and at night
3: Drive carefully - pay attention to the roadside
4: Don't drive too far to the right if you can
5: Seeing animals = minimize speed & light brightness
6: Animals on the street: honk the horn, turn of headlights, turn on hazard lights, stop if possible
7: Take particular care in blind spots such as forests, hedges and high grain fields
8: Overtake horse-drawn vehicles and riders slowly and with sufficient distance. No harsh movements such as accelerating, braking hard or making noise (honking)
Did you know
THINK FOR A MINUTE!
20.000 wild animals die every year! That’s one every 30 Minutes!
8,000 dead roe deer – every year
Unfortunately, accidents with animals are the order of the day in road traffic. Every year tens of thousands of larger animals such as deer, foxes, martens, hedgehogs and well over 100,000 amphibians perish on Swiss roads, often in agonizing ways.
Over 8000 deer are killed on Swiss roads every year – that means one deer dies every hour! Injured animals must be searched for as quickly as possible and, if necessary, professionally released from their torments. This ungrateful work is usually done by the gamekeepers, hunters or gamekeepers.
Sometimes it does not stop with horror for humans. Every year, over 100 people are injured in collisions with animals. Accidents with animals also result in high costs. The damage to vehicles alone amounts to over 25 million francs per year.
Animals don’t pay attention to traffic
Animals behave differently than we humans and typically do not recognize roads as a danger. They cross these without the necessary caution on their hikes, looking for food or partners, or on the run.
Most accidents occur with wild animals, but also with dogs, cats, horses and cows.
Deer are mainly out and about when it gets dark and at night, mostly in small groups. Often it is mothers with their young or males and females.
Caution: the first deer is mostly followed by a second or third!
Foxes are often overlooked – especially at night when they are preferably out and about. Young foxes are inexperienced and particularly at risk.
Caution: When it gets dark and at night, the little red furs are out and about – everywhere, including in residential areas.
Birds of prey and corvids typically eat small animals that are run over and are lying on the street.
Caution: Birds falling or flying up can get into the area of the moving car.
Humid, warm spring weather means migration time for the amphibians. They go to their spawning grounds.
Be careful: hundreds or thousands of people cross streets at night when it rains.
dogs and cats
Cats love freedom and often run across the street. Unsupervised dogs are also a big problem. Caution: You can always expect pets in urban areas.
Take special care mornings and evenings …
The risk of a collision is particularly high in the early morning hours and when it gets dark. At this time there are a lot of wild animals on the way and for the drivers
and handlebars, the view is restricted.
… and at night …
Many wild animals are nocturnal. In the dark, the animals are often difficult to see and remain blinded by the headlights in the middle of the street.
… and in spring
The risk of an accident is also greater in spring, as at this time many animals are looking for partners or making their first excursions with their inexperienced young.
Salt attracts animals
In winter, roe deer like to lick leftover salt on the roadside – a life-threatening snack! They are typically discovered and approached too late in the dark.
Migration route for amphibians
Amphibians and reptiles in particular use the warm streets for hiking.
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