While rain is forecast in parts of Queensland for the weekend, drought conditions are driving animals out across roads in search of food.
Queensland’s drought conditions are forcing wildlife to graze by the road – increasing the risk of animal collisions.
The warning to drivers comes from RACQ Insurance, which says the number of collisions with cattle, kangaroos and other animals has risen as drought grips the sunshine state.
RACQ’s head of communications Mike Sopinski says that while rain is forecast in parts of Queensland for the weekend, the conditions are driving animals out across roads in search of food.
“We urge motorists to remain vigilant when driving at sunrise and sunset as we are seeing more animals searching for food and water in these drought conditions,” he said.
Mr Sopinski said the insurer’s data showed seven per cent of all car insurance claims last year were for damage caused by hitting animals.
Averaging $3366, these claims aren’t cheap, particularly as drivers can’t recover costs from the animal’s owner.
“The law basically gives livestock ‘right of way’ when they are on a road,” Mr Sopinski said.
“If a motorist does collide with an animal, their excess will be applied, but the policy no-claim bonus won’t be affected.”