Although you may come face to face with a moose in Alaska, keep in mind that a majority of moose-related injuries take place on the roads. Their presence on Alaskan roads and highways contributes to about 10 major injuries and one or two roadway fatalities each year [source: Alaska Department of Transportation]. From 1996 to 2006, 17 people died from moose-related car crashes [source: Alaska Department of Transportation].
These accidents happen in spite of many efforts to keep moose off the Alaskan roads. Higher-traffic areas on the highways, for instance, have wire fences, moose underpasses beneath roads to allow for safe crossing and one-way moose gates to help maintain moose-free roads. But drivers and passengers aren't the only ones suffering in these situations. About 130 moose die each year from car crashes in Anchorage alone [source: CBS News].
This situation is not unique to Alaska. Car crashes resulting from deer species, including moose, account for about 1.5 million accidents every year across the United States [source: CNN]. Driver awareness, following traffic laws and using high-beam headlights at night can likely reduce your chances of a moose crash.
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