Colliding with a moose is a life-threatening event. These images show the frightening reality of what can happen when a moose steps into the path of a vehicle.
Standing as tall as six-feet-nine at the shoulder, and weighing as much as 1,500-pounds, the North American moose is one immense animal.
A collision with a moose can most certainly be fatal - both for the moose and the occupants of the vehicle. When hit by a passenger car with low ground clearance, the structure of a moose, a large body mass supported by long spindly legs, will cause the bulk of the moose to land on the car's hood and windshield.
In many cases, a moose can end up in the back seat of the car!
Here are 15 photos that show the severity of a moose vs. vehicle collision.
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How to Avoid an Accident
- Slow down when driving at night. This will allow you more time to respond to a moose on or near the highway.
- Pay attention to Warning Signs; they mark High-Risk areas. These signs were placed along the roadways for you!
- Scan both sides of the road ahead as far as possible, especially when you are in a posted High-Risk accident zone.
The best way to avoid an accident is to spot the moose well in advance. Drivers report that in most accidents they did not see the moose until immediately before impact. Moose on the right side of the vehicle are avoided more often than those on the left because drivers concentrate more on the right.
- Moose are unpredictable. The moose you see standing calmly at the edge of the road could bolt in front of your vehicle at the last moment.
- Don't let yourself be distracted. A driver who is alone and concentrating on the road is less likely to strike a moose than a driver whose attention wanders while talking to a passenger.
- Remember most accidents occur on clear nights and on straight road sections, maybe because drivers are more cautious on curves or in poor weather.
- Keep your windshield and headlights clean.
- Drive with your headlights on high beams unless approaching, or overtaking, other traffic.
- Wear your seatbelt. Seatbelts save lives.