Traffic accidents with deer costs society dearly

When a car ploughs into a deer, it has not only consequences for the stag and the motorist. Also the economy takes a blow by a hjortepåkørsel. It shows a new re

Traffic accidents with deer costs society dearly

When a car ploughs into a deer, it has not only consequences for the stag and the motorist. Also the economy takes a blow by a hjortepåkørsel. It shows a new re

Ann McDonald
Ann McDonald
05 November 2019 Tuesday 10:00
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Traffic accidents with deer costs society dearly

When a car ploughs into a deer, it has not only consequences for the stag and the motorist. Also the economy takes a blow by a hjortepåkørsel. It shows a new report conducted by COWI for the Protection of Animals.

the Report examined the economic consequences of road traffic accidents with deer in relation to both personal injury and property damage, particularly material damage, the numbers are striking.

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on average, the amount of economic costs for property damage in a road traffic accident with a deer to the 23.314 kr., according to figures from the IF non-life Insurance. With more than 12,000 hjortepåkørsler per year running costs for the society up at least 280 million dollars annually.

- It is a high number of rear-end and thus also the costs for society. It corresponds to a good five percent of the insurers total compensation paid out to hull, says Svend Torp Jespersen, project manager at COWI, in a press release.


The best way to reduce skadesomkostningerne is to prevent the accidents. In addition to inform motorists where the risk of hjortepåkørsler is the greatest, hope the Animal Protection now is to initiate a cooperation with the Danish insurance companies to develop measures which will reduce the number of rear-end.

It could be f.ex. be to develop mobilalarmer, who, in common with other trafikalarmer, will be able to warn drivers about the risk of hjortepåkørsler at certain times and distances, and in this way reduce the danger of rear-end.

- More than 280 million dollars per year is a high amount even for insurers, and our expectation is that the industry with as big spending will be receptive to find new measures to prevent the accidents. We have now some pretty accurate data on how påkørslerne happens and therefore also some ideas on how you can have the benefit of f.ex. a hjortealarm directly on the phone, said Michael Carlsen, a biologist in the Animal Protection, in a press release.

the Risk of collision with deer on the roads is the greatest just now, for autumn is similar with several deer by the road. Especially around sunset and dawn are the deer active, why it is in these times that the highest number of deer crossing the roads.

See also: Beware of Bambi: the height of the Season for the rear-end of the deer

Updated: 05.11.2019 10:00
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