With fall finally here, you may start to see a lot more deer. Deer breeding season peaks in October-December, which means there is a much a higher chance of drivers getting involved in a collision with one. These collisions can be extremely dangerous and expensive, with vehicle-deer collisions killing nearly 200 people nationally and averaging $4,135 per insurance claim. Michigan residents have a 1 in 85 chance of hitting a deer, with 185 deer crashes occurring a day, which is the 8th highest state.
Here are several tips on avoiding deer crashes:
- Stay especially alert during dawn and dusk, which is when deer are most active
- If you see one deer, be cautious of others as they usually travel in single-file packs
- Slow down when passing through known deer-populated areas. Always be aware of deer crossing signs
- Deer’s pupils dilate to a much larger than proportion than a human’s, which is why sudden head-lights at night blind and overwhelm them, causing them to freeze up
- Never rely on deer whistles, there is no solid proof that they are effective
When you cannot avoid a crash with a deer:
- Do not swerve. Firmly break and grasp the steering wheel until the car comes to a stop. The majority of deer-related auto deaths occur from swerving and hitting another car or object
- Pull your car onto a safe area off of the road and turn your hazards on
- Call your local police agency and report the accident
You should always be aware of your surroundings, always wear a seatbelt, and always be alert and of course sober. If you have any questions about how we can repair your car after a deer related accident, call one of the members of Your Hometown Body Shop today!