The actual numbers are probably higher since many people do not report deer accidents.
Fall is coming. Although deer accidents happen year round, the number of deer accidents peaks in the fall during the deer migration and mating season.
Follow these tips to avoid deer accidents:
1) Pay attention when driving. A minute of driver distraction could mean that you don’t see that deer in time to stop.
2) Slow down. This gives you more time to stop.
3) Use your high beam headlights when driving in deer territory and on poorly lit rural roads. This allows you to expand your field of vision to include the sides of the road, so you can see deer before they jump out in front of your car.
4) If you see a deer on the road, slow down and prepare to stop. You can flick your lights until the deer moves away. Do not honk; a startled deer will often run right into a honking car.
5) If a collision with a deer is unavoidable, try not to swerve. Brake and hold the wheel straight. Turning the wheel could result in a more serious accident with another car or may cause the car to spin out of control.
Many car insurance policies do not cover deer accidents. If you live in an area with a large deer population, you may want to check your automobile insurance policy. Since deer do not carry insurance, you will want to make sure that you have enough comprehensive coverage to cover your injuries and the damage to your car in the event of a deer-traffic accident.
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