There has always been a turbulent relationship between man and beast. As residents of the northeast are well aware of, we have a particular problem with accidents involving deer. There are many more animals that can cause accidents though. When you are involved in an accident that results in serious injury your life can be severely impacted. By speaking with qualified accident lawyers in New Jersey you are putting yourself in the best position to receive deserved compensation.
In various parts of the world, deer are the least of motorists’ worries. The following five car accidents are not what you may expect and definitely earn their title as being the five strangest accidents caused by animals.
Why Did the Camel Cross the Road?
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While we many not experience this in New Jersey, except maybe at Six Flag’s Wild Safari, in some places of the world they have bigger worries than deer. In the United Arab Emirates one man was killed when a camel was crossing the road. The man hit the camel and his car caught fire. The camel also died in the accident. As a result of this tragedy local officials ordered that a fence be put up along that road to prevent camels and other animals from crossing.
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Just last month, John Chubb of Ohio was driving home from an Ohio State basketball game when the unexpected happened. He was driving along I-70 when he saw a giant turkey fly out from behind a guardrail before he could get the sentence out telling his passenger to look at the bird it came crashing through his windshield. The turkey hit him in the face and sent both feathers and glass into the car. The impact of the bird caused Chubb to pass out with his foot still on the gas pedal. His passenger grabbed the wheel and turned off the car. The car struck a guardrail and a concrete divider that sent it spinning. Both Chubb and his passenger were treated at a local hospital.
Is That A Snake In Your Pocket?
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In 2009 a multi-car accident was caused in Hartford, Connecticut when a man lost control of his SUV because his pet snakes escaped from his pants pockets. Angel Rolon, 20, was carrying two snakes in his pockets when they escaped and slithered around by his feet. The passenger in his car tried to catch them but Rolon lost control of the car, hit a couple parked cars, and flipped his SUV. When police arrived with animal control they were unable to find the snakes and have not confirmed the driver’s tale of the accident. He was given a ticket for reckless driving and other, unreleased charges.
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One man in Germany’s attempt to be kind will cost him a reported £30,000, which is nearly $50,000. The man was driving his Ferrari Testarossa when a hedgehog strayed into the street in front of him. He swerved to avoid hitting the animal but as a result he crashed his car into a barrier when he slipped on wet leaves that were covering the roadway. Both the driver and the hedgehog walked away from the incident unharmed, the Ferrari was not so lucky.
You Are One Good Looking Elephant
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Ireland native John Somers was vacationing in South Africa for his 66th birthday when he and a friend went for a ride in the Pilansberg Game Reserve. When they attempted to pass a large bull elephant, whose name is Amarula, they got an unexpected reaction. It was reported that Amarula must have mistook the sedan for a female elephant when he rubbed himself against the car. Upon realizing it was not another elephant he became enraged and flipped the car over with Somers and his friend inside. They sustained only minor cuts and bruises and lucky for them the whole incident was caught on film by photographer Riaan van Wyk that was a safe distance away.
An accident with an animal can be devastating. While these run-ins may seem out of the ordinary car vs animal accidents are not uncommon and can be deadly. If you or someone you love has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, contact the New Jersey car accident attorneys at Console & Hollawell today. You can call for a free consultation today at (866) 778-5500.
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