Mandurah among WA hotspots for animal crashes

Mandurah among WA hotspots for animal crashes

Mandurah has rounded out the top five worst locations in Western Australia for animal crashes, according to new data recently released by insurance company AAMI.

Data from more than 9000 accident insurance claims around Australia between March 2018 and February 2019, shows Mandurah is among the state's road kill hotspots.

Baldivis took out the top spot as the worst location in WA for animal crashes, for the third year in a row.

The rest of the top five places were taken up by regional locations including Margaret River in second place and Geraldton and Jurien Bay tying with Mandurah for equal third.

Pinjarra and Dwellingup came in equal sixth place.

Kangaroos made up 83 per cent of all animal collisions across the country with almost 8000 kangaroo collision claims in the recorded year.

Wallabies were next with 392 collisions, followed by wombats, dogs and deer.

Nationally, Canberra is the top location for kangaroo collisions.

The data also found May recorded the most animal collisions for any month while winter had, on average, more collisions than any other season.

With figures revealing the peak in animal collisions during the cooler months, AAMI Spokesperson Ashleigh Paterson said it was important for drivers to take extra care as winter sets in.

"As the days shorten, motorists are sharing the road with animals for longer periods of time as they are most active during dawn or dusk," Ms Paterson said.

"Wildlife is unpredictable so we encourage drivers to always expect the unexpected on the road, particularly in signposted wildlife areas.

"Simple things like being aware of your surroundings, driving to the speed limits, and being extra vigilant at dawn and dusk can help keep you and our wildlife safe."

Data from the Road Safety Commission shows between 2013 and 2018, there were six fatalities on WA roads in crashes that involved an animal.

During that same time, 93 people were taken to hospital for injuries received in crashes that involved an animal.

Road Safety Council chairman Iain Cameron said there were a number of tips drivers should follow to ensure their safety.

"Drivers need to be aware that stray animals commonly roam along WA roads and roadsides causing a hazard for motorists," he said.

"Kangaroos, cattle and other animals can stray onto the road or appear suddenly in front of your vehicle.

"Be aware that animals on the road will be unpredictable, so drive slowly and do not try to swerve around an animal.

"Drive during daylight hours where possible and stay vigilant, especially at dusk and dawn.

For more information, visit the AAMI website.