This happened to my mother-in-law very recently. I don’t know many of the details, but I’ll share with you what I do know.
She was in the left lane on I-95 in North Carolina. She was travelling 75-80 mph. Without sufficient time to react safely, a dog emerged from the bushes in the median and came in contact with my mother-in-law’s car. The contact was not incidental. She believes the dog is dead. She did not stop/slow before hitting the dog. She did not stop after hitting the dog.
The size of the dog is unknown. The car was not damaged, or at least not damaged enough to be worthy of reporting back to the family. In other words, there may be minor cosmetic damage, but car remains fully drivable/road-worthy.
What should she have done? Did she have any legal obligations? I thought she should’ve at least pulled over and gone back to assess that the dog was dead, and report the accident to authorities (even anonymously, if only to have road crews remove the carcass and eliminate danger to other drivers).