Deer oh Deer! October Mean Increase in Auto/Deer Accidents

Deer oh Deer!  October Mean Increase in Auto/Deer Accidents
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Every year come October, we hear an increase in auto/deer collisions over the police scanner.  This year is no exception.
 
Deer and vehicle collisions happen an average of 1.33 million times a year. Those numbers include hitting a deer, elk, moose, or caribou. 

Although deer-vehicle collisions are a year-round issue, spring and fall are peak times for deer-related accidents. October through December is prime deer mating  season, so drivers should be more alert throughout these months.

Tips to Avoid Collisions

Drive with caution

Drive with caution especially in marked deer-crossing zones and along roads surrounded by farmland or forests. Locally, it is not uncommon to see deer in your local neighborhood, so be alert wherever you are.

Know high travel times

Deer tend to be particularly active dawn to dusk, but most active between 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. These are the highest risk times for deer-vehicle collisions.

Use high beams

Make sure to use your high beams when possible for nighttime driving. With high beams it will better illuminate the deer’s eyes on or near the roadway.

Assume there is more than on

Deer tend to travel in herds and in a single file. If you see one deer, there are likely more to follow.

What to do if you encounter a Deer

If you determine a crash is unavoidable, keep these in mind:

Don’t swerve

Stay in your lane so you don’t move into the path of another vehicle or lose control of yours.

Brake

Be sure to brake firmly and hold onto the steering wheel.

Remain calm.

Bring your vehicle to a controlled stop and take the appropriate necessary actions. Call the police and connect with your insurance company to report the accident. Collision with a deer or another animal is typically covered under the comprehensive portion of your vehicle insurance.

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Michael Watson – Allstate Insurance

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