KANGAROOS hopped to the top of the list of animals recorded injured or killed in collisions on Queensland roads last year, with incidents peaking in July and August.
NRMA Insurance data revealed the native marsupials were involved in nearly 80 per cent of animal-related crashes on the state's roads, placing them ahead of dogs, wombats, cattle and cats.
NRMA Insurance head of research Robert McDonald said winter is the season most drivers and animals are at risk, with kangaroo collisions occurring frequently.
"Kangaroos are most active around sunrise and sunset when they are foraging and this is when they are most likely to venture onto roads, so we encourage drivers to slow down during twilight hours," Mr McDonald said.
"How you react when you see a kangaroo on the road can potentially save lives, so it's important to stay alert so you have the best chance of reducing both human and animal casualties.
"If you hit a kangaroo and it is critically injured, we recommend you call your local wildlife group or the Police."
Although most animal collisions occur in rural areas, city drivers should also stay alert in suburban areas.
"If you're driving on local streets dogs and cats can often wander onto roads, into driveways or under parked cars," Mr McDonald said.
"Make sure you are aware of your surroundings, check your mirrors frequently and scan the area around where your car is parked before you head off on your journey."
Central Queensland and Central Highlands animal collision data*:
NRMA Insurance offers some advice for Queensland drivers:
- If you see an animal on or near the road, you should try and brake, but not swerve to avoid a collision.
- Reduce your speed inside sign posted wildlife areas.
- 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.
- Don't force the animal to eat or drink.
- Contact a local veterinarian or a wildlife rescue centre.
* Based on NRMA Comprehensive Car Insurance claims data.
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