Each year there are about 500,000 deer/auto collisions in the United States. Over 100 people are killed and thousands injured. The average collision costs about $2,000 in car repairs.
Close to 50% of deer/vehicle collision occur in the months of October, November, December, and January. This is the mating season for deer.
All such incidents are not preventable but you can lessen your chances of hitting a deer by
· Knowing most incidents occur from 5 to 7 AM and from 6 to 9 PM.
· Driving slowly in wooded areas
· Being extra cautious at night when visibility is poor.
· Knowing that if there is one deer, there are probably more.
· Increasing the distance between you and the car if front so you can avoid the crash if the other car hits the deer.
· Always being buckled up.
· Knowing deer like to cross near bridges, stream and ditches.
· Slowing down if you see a deer near the road.
If you cannot avoid the deer, do not swerve. Just brake hard and hit the deer head on. Swerving can put you in the ditch or into the lane of oncoming traffic.
Do not try to help an injured animal. Stay in your car and call 911.
Henry Lowndes Jr.