The tallies are in. According to the Maine Department of Transportation, as of September 2015 (the end of the fiscal year as far as moose statistics go) there were 327 car-moose collisions. Fifty-five of those accidents resulted in human injuries, including one fatality. Here is a photo supplied by the Portland Press Herald of one such collision, in which the body of the moose sheared off the roof of the car upon collision. Incredibly, the driver of the car walked away without a scratch; but the front-seat passenger suffered severe brain injury. Despite a gruesome prognosis, she is making a slow but miraculous recovery. The crash did not occur along a deserted rural Maine road; it happened on the I-95 Maine Turnpike. The moose was killed upon impact.
The picture shows precisely why car-moose collisions are often fatal for humans. Unlike deer, which hit the car’s grill, a moose is dramatically taller, bigger, and exponentially heavier. The impact is usually at a vehicle’s windshield or roof level. Basically the bulkiest part of the moose’s 1000 – 1500 lb body ends up in the driver’s lap, often crushing the riders to death.