NRMA Insurance Research Shows Kangaroos and NSW Drivers Don’t Mix

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Animals, particularly kangaroos, were the cause of over 20,000 collisions on Australia’s roads in 2009, according to NRMA Insurance claims data.*

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Unfortunately, many kangaroos are active on our roads. They are often looking for food at sunrise and sunset and it’s during this time that an increased number of collisions occur,”

PRWEB) February 16, 2010 -- Animals, particularly kangaroos, were the cause of over 20,000 collisions on Australia’s roads in 2009, according to NRMA Insurance car insurance claims data.*

Last year the car insurance provider received more than 7,000 claims involving a collision with a kangaroo on NSW roads. The insurer also saw NSW to have the highest rate of collisions compared to other states, proving drivers should drive with caution on our roads.

NRMA Insurance Head of Research Robert McDonald said kangaroo collisions on country roads are a significant problem.

“Unfortunately, many kangaroos are active on our roads. They are often looking for food at sunrise and sunset and it’s during this time that an increased number of collisions occur,” said Mr McDonald.

Mr McDonald said that although most animal collisions occur on country roads, Sydney drivers should also be mindful when dogs and cats are near the road - dogs are the second most likely animal to be hit.

Mr McDonald offered some advice for drivers:

  •     If you see a kangaroo on or near the road, you should try and brake, but not swerve to

avoid a collision

  •     If you hit the animal and safety permits, you should try to help by moving it to the side of the

road to prevent further crashes

  •     If the animal is still alive, keep it warm, and in a quiet place away from noises
  •     Don’t force the animal to eat or drink and contact a local veterinarian or a wildlife rescue

centre such as WIRES.

“How you react after seeing a kangaroo can potentially save lives,” Mr McDonald said.

*Based on NRMA Insurance motor comprehensive claims data sourced in February 2010 for the period of January to December 2009.

Animal Number of animal collisions
Kangaroo 7,223
Dog 625
Wombat 273
Cattle 276
Cat 159

NSW towns & suburbs Number of animal collisions
Dubbo 142
Mudgee 127
Cooma 110
Broken Hill 101
Singleton 98
Goulburn 94
Jindabyne 89
Armidale 85
Orange 82
Coonabarabran 81

About NRMA Insurance
NRMA Insurance provides Car Insurance, Home Insurance, Travel Insurance, Motorcycle Insurance and more in NSW, ACT and TAS.

Insurance Australia Limited ABN 11 000 016 722 trading as NRMA Insurance.

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