Deer vehicles collisions are a part of life in America. Here"s what you need to know.
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It"s not something to joke about: deer vehicle collisions are a serious threat to the safety of not only our wild whitetail and mule deer herds, but to our human driving population. Real injury and even death can result in these sort of incidents, and anyone who"s hit a deer (or worse, an elk or moose) knows the expensive damage that can be done.
So what do we know about deer vehicle collisions and their occurrences? Where do they usually happen? What time of day, and what time of year are they most common? Is there any way to avoid them, or at least mitigate their damage?
All of these are tough questions to answer, but we"ll try to address them in an effort to help ease your stress when behind the wheel, and maybe even decrease the total number of deer crashes by spreading some important knowledge.
When Do Deer Vehicle Collisions Happen?
It may be stating the obvious, but State Farm says, "Move your vehicle to a safe place. If possible, pull over to the side of the road, and turn on your hazard lights. If you must leave your vehicle, stay off the road and out of the way of any oncoming vehicles."
While you should never assume your vehicle is safe to drive, most of us know to look for leaking fluid, tire damage, or a hood that won"t latch. Depending on the severity of the hit, you should document the accident with some pictures or by writing it down when it is safe to do so.
Hitting a deer can be a nerve shattering experience, even for a veteran driver, but a collision with any kind of animal is scary. The most important thing to do is to keep alert and don"t let the wrong kind of distractions take your eyes away from the road.
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