Car Accident Safety – Deer Season is Upon Us. Be Alert!

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are approximately one million car-deer accidents each year in the United States. These car accidents result in more than 10,000 personal injuries and 200 deaths each year.

Fall is the time of year you need to be on the lookout. More specifically, deer mating season, which runs from late October through Thanksgiving (which is peak).

Here are some deer-safety driving tips:

  • Only see one deer?  More may follow.  Keep an eye out for the whole family.  Deer move in packs.  If a deer crosses the street, the rest of the family is likely nearby.  As soon as you see a deer, slow down and be alert.
  • Be aware at dusk and dawn. Deer come out to eat at dusk and dawn. Pay extra attention during that time of day.
  • Are those warning signs really important? Yes! They are there for a reason. If you see a yellow diamond shaped sign with a deer in the middle, take extra caution, as this is a high traffic area for deer.
  • Don’t be afraid to beep your horn. According to some experts, one long blast of your horn may scare deer out of the road.
  • Always wear your seat belt. You cannot always prevent a collision with a deer, but you can help to reduce injuries.  Always wear your seatbelt.

If you have an unfortunate car accident with a deer, it’s important to move your vehicle to the side of the road, turn on your hazards and call for emergency service. Also, we strongly recommend you stay away from the deer. In the event it is still alive, it may be confused and injured.  You don’t want to be on the receiving end of its panic.

During the 2011 deer season, be alert and take extra caution when traveling on the road, particularly in high traffic areas.  Not all deer-car accidents are avoidable, but knowing what to do may prevent some.

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