There are over 1.5 million accidents, in the US, involving deer per year. Deer will cross roads at any time of day or night, creating a hazard for the vehicles, passengers, and deer. More than half of all deer/vehicle collisions occur in October and November. The rut (mating season), hunting season and fields being harvested account for the deer being displaced from their fields and forests into our driving paths.
Here are driving tips to help prevent collisions with wildlife:
One deer crossing the road may be a sign that more deer are about to cross. Watch for other deer— they will move fast to catch up with leaders, mothers, or mates and may not pay attention to traffic.
Deer are most active during sunrise and sunset, especially during mating season, which is in full swing from October through December.
If you accidentally hit and kill a deer, report the location of the deer’s body to the city, county, or state highway department with jurisdiction for the road.
Do not swerve to avoid a deer collision. Insurance Companies claim that more car damage and personal injury happens when drivers attempt to an inevitable avoid collision with a deer. Attempting to avoid a deer can result in colliding with guardrails, hitting oncoming vehicles or rolling downgrades or embankments. Stay in your lane and try to slow down.
Did you know that physical damage to your car because of something other than a collision with another vehicle might not be covered by standard car insurance?
With comprehensive car insurance, you will receive additional coverage and protection when the unexpected happens.
Be alert and observe your surroundings for any signs of wildlife while on the road. Deer are abundant in forested areas but may wander into suburban neighborhoods in search of food, so it’s important to drive cautiously — even if you’re no longer in a deer-crossing zone.