Kangaroo Crashes Are Costing Aussie Drivers $6 Million A Year
Kangaroo collisions are causing $6 million in damages to cars in Australia every year, according to a new report.
The report, which was commissioned by the insurance company Huddle, analysed car insurance claims from 2016 to 2017 and found that over 7,000 were related to hitting a kangaroo.
The analysis revealed that the average cost of damage to a car after hitting a kangaroo in Australia is $4,000.
In addition to this, 15 percent of vehicles are written off completely in accidents.
In terms of likelihood, NSW and Victoria are the states that have the most accidents, with Queanbeyan in NSW and Roxburgh Park in Victoria topping the list.
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Kangaroos are a well-recognised worry for Australian drivers and they account for the highest number of fatal car crashes involving animals -- there were 16 deaths between 2000 and 2010 attributed to crashing with kangaroos.
Five collision deaths in the same period were attributed to emus.
In Canberra, where there are particularly dense populations of kangaroos, rangers commonly record having to attend more than 1,000 kangaroos that had been left by the roadside after a collision.
In a 2008 survey of Canberra residents, 17 percent reported that they'd hit a kangaroo on an ACT road.
According to the ACT Government, the peak time for crashes across all states is between 5 and 10 pm and the likelihood of kangaroo crashes increases in winter.