Most people will do what they can to avoid hitting an animal with their vehicle. However, there are times when it is even more dangerous to try to avoid hitting the animal than it would be to hit it. Unfortunately, when it comes to split second decisions, drivers may not have the time to take everything into consideration and simply act on instinct. When it comes to animal vs. truck accidents, avoiding a collision with an animal can have deadly consequences for everyone on the road.
For example, the Colorado State Patrol recently responded to an accident on Interstate 70 eastbound. The preliminary investigation into the wreck indicates that the tractor-trailer driver may have been braking to avoid hitting an animal when the vehicle behind truck was unable to avoid slamming into the back of the semi-truck. The driver of that car did not leave the scene alive.
The Mesa County Coroner's Office reports that the driver died at the scene from blunt force injuries. So far, the Colorado State Patrol has no reason to suspect that alcohol or speed were factors in the crash. Additionally, no citations have been issued or charges have been filed.
Authorities may never really be able to determine why the semi-truck driver slammed on his brakes, but it could very well have been due to an animal crossing his path. However, that does not excuse the fact that the driver's actions may have contributed to or caused the death of the other driver. Truck accidents are notoriously more destructive than other accidents based simply on the fact that the vehicles are large and heavy. Every truck driver needs to exercise a heightened amount of caution on the road due to these factors.
Source: krextv.com, Fatal Accident Closes I-70 EB From Horizon to Clifton, No author, Sept. 17, 2013