New claims data from insurers NRMA and AAMI reveal that motor vehicle collisions with animals are on the rise, and kangaroos are copping the brunt of it.
NRMA figures show that claims related to animal collisions have increased by 12 percent over the same time last year, with claims peaking during the Winter months.
Data from AAMI shows that, compared to the summer months, winter's shorter hours of daylight and increased motor-vehicle use sees claims jump by 40 percent.
AAMI received an average of 500 animal collision claims per month last Summer, but nearly 700 animal collision claims per month last winter.
Over the past year, Canberra/Queanbeyan and the Hunter have proven the nation’s hotspots for animal collision claims.
NRMA's own data, compared with insurers in other states, shows that there was more than double the amount of animal related collisions in NSW than any other state.
NRMA's Robert McDonald said that although most animal collisions occur on country roads, city drivers should also be mindful when dogs and cats are near cars.
“Dogs are the second most likely animal to be hit and we also regularly see insurance claims from collisions with cats, wombats and cattle," McDonald said.
NSW hotspots for animal collisions:
- Dubbo (123 collisions)
- Mudgee (112)
- Singleton (110)
- Goulburn (87)
- Coonabarabran (78)
- Broken Hill (77)
- Tamworth (75)
- Orange (72)
- Cooma (69)
- Moree (68)