I was driving along today and from the undergrowth jumped a kangaroo, without a hesitation (I think it was pretty much involuntary) I slammed on the breaks and missed it.
I was relating this story to my partner and he started arguing (this has come up before) that if you are rear ended by the car behind you while stopping to avoid an animal you will be liable for the damage caused to the other car.
I think this is absolute rubbish- you are avoiding a traffic hazard which may cause you to lose control of your vehicle and if the car behind is traveling too close it is their fault, or at least a faultless accident.
I also think it’s pretty silly that you would be expected to know this difference between a small child or a large dog in the millisecond it takes before you break.
I’d love some cites, especially any that deal with Australian road rules (specifically QLD).