Kangaroo accidents in Bega Valley

A kangaroo grazes next to Sapphire Coast Drive in Kalaru. The area is known as a hot spot for motorists’ collisions with wildlife.

A kangaroo grazes next to Sapphire Coast Drive in Kalaru. The area is known as a hot spot for motorists’ collisions with wildlife.

IN WHAT may come as a surprise to some, the Bega Valley is not one of NRMA’s hotspots for animal accidents and in fact the town with the highest amount of collisions is Dubbo with 206 in 2013.  

A spokesperson from MGM Panelbeaters said it had been an extremely quiet year for accidents with kangaroos, as they had seen around one third of what they normally do.

While the amount of accidents with kangaroos vary a lot, depending on such factors as weather, the spokesperson said on average they would see to a couple of cars a week that had hit the animals.

Damage to a car also varies depending on where the kangaroo hits the car, it could be $500 worth or $4000 worth but the spokesperson said on average it is about a couple of grand.

If the animal hits the front it could mean a smashed radiator or bumper bar, but the spokesperson said there is a big variation in damage and none is the same. 

“There’s nothing you can do to avoid them, they came come up from nowhere,” the spokesperson said.

“Lots of people know the places where they hang out, so know where to slow down.” 

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