This happens more often than you think.
If you live in the DFW area, specifically in Grapevine, Southlake and Colleyville areas you may already know that we have a rampant feral hog epidemic. Now most of you may not have seen the hogs, but you can tell where they’ve been. Soil overturned, golf course fairways and greens destroyed and the increasingly dangerous interaction with motorists. Hogs move fast and seemingly dart from no where into on coming traffic. Some weighing in at almost 300lbs can cause some very serious damage to your vehicle.
Unfortunately, there really isn’t anything you can do other than hit the poor thing. Often, a correction made behind the wheel of your new or used Buick, or GMC can, and most often results in an accident of a different nature. You hit another car, or an inanimate object like an electric pole or fence. Unfortunately, you are still responsible for any monetary damage you may have caused to any vehicle or highway/road objects such as signs, foliage, and other structures.
Watch the video below. It’s from Punta Gorda, FL, but it could have easily been on any road in our area.
Keep your eyes peeled, wear your seat belt and try not to swerve if the animal is in your path. Chances are you are just going to complicate matters even worse. As bad as it sounds, you my be better off hitting the animal as to avoid losing total control of your vehicle trying to avoid it.
Feral Hogs and deer are every where out here. Don’t let anyone tell you different. They will venture into populate areas and they will encounter a vehicle from time to time. If you’ve had your run in with a wild animal lately, What did you do? What type of damage did it do to your vehicle? If you have any questions about needing some body work done due to an animal strike, please call Freeman Grapevine. We live here, we’ve seen the damage these things can do.