Tips and Free Brochures to Help Avoid Deer Collisions
October marks the start of “deer season” across the country, where male deer activity dramatically increases, resulting in a significant rise in the number of vehicular collisions. With the deer population increasing across the country, and living space for wildlife habitat on the decline, experts warn that the number of incidents involving a deer jumping into the path of a car is on the rise.
“Deer are bigger and heavier than people may think. According to the Insurance Information Institute, the average cost for a collision claim is $2,800, although, when a bodily injury is involved, that cost rises to $10,000,” . “These collisions come from out of nowhere, occur in seconds, and can result in significant property damage and life-threatening situations. By staying alert and reacting appropriately, drivers can avoid many collisions.”
During deer season, consider the following:
Watch the clock. Deer are most active from sunset to midnight, and during the hours just before and after sunrise, which are feeding times.
Watch the speed. When it comes to deer collisions, it’s not just the speed of the animal that plays a factor—it’s the speed of the vehicle. Think about it: if you were driving your vehicle at a speed of over 60 miles an hour, you would cover the length of a football field in the same time it takes to change a CD.
Be vigilant. Deer don’t run alone. If you see one, there are likely others nearby.
Don’t swerve. If a deer is suddenly right in front of you, sound your horn to frighten it away. Brake firmly, but stay in your lane. Serious crashes happen when drivers swerve to avoid a deer, only to hit other vehicles or lose control of their cars.
Wear your seatbelt. Most people injured in deer/car crashes were unbuckled at the time.