Moose standing on the side of a road.

Avoiding/Minimizing Moose-Related Crashes

In the state of Alaska, cars and moose can be a fatal combination. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game estimates an average of 800 moose-related accidents each year on Alaskan roads and highways – the highest in North America.

Moose are massive animals, weighing from 800 to 1,300 pounds and standing as tall as 6 feet, 6 inches at the shoulder. When the front of a vehicle strikes a moose, it tends to impact its long legs, sending the bulk of the animal to collide into the windshield and roof. Though only about one quarter of one percent are fatal for the people involved, the Journal of the American College of Surgeons warns that traffic accidents involving moose are 13 times more likely to result in human death than crashes with deer.

The State of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities has reported that the majority of moose-related vehicle collisions occur during the dark, snowy months of December, January, and February, though Alaskan drivers should be on the look-out for moose and other wildlife near roadways any time of year.

Keep the following tips in mind to help avoid collisions:

If you are involved in a moose- or other animal-related collision, contact your Independent Insurance Agent as quickly as possible to report any damage to your car. Collision with a moose or other animal is covered under the comprehensive portion of your automobile policy.