Avoiding a Deer Collision
On a cold and frosty morning while driving to work, you switch through the radio stations to find your favorite tune. You begin making a mental checklist of the tasks you
need to accomplish today in the office. Your mind then drifts to the grocery items you need to pick-up at the store after work.
Suddenly, you are jerked back to reality when three deer unexpectedly run out in front of your vehicle in an attempt to cross the busy road. You jam on the brakes in hopes of stopping before colliding into the animals. You breathe a sigh of relief once the deer trot off to safety and escape the hit.
Many of us have experienced a scenario similar to this one. And, unfortunately, a
large majority of us have actually made contact with the deer. According to the
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, hundreds of thousands of drivers hit deer
with their vehicles each year...racking-up thousands of dollars of damage to their
It is extremely difficult for drivers to avoid deer-related accidents; however, there are a
few measures that can be taken to help prevent a collision.
- Be a watchful motorist. In daylight hours, a motorist can see an animal at the side of the road or on the road soon enough to avoid a collision. However, at night, drivers usually do not see an animal until it is too close to avoid.
- Be aware that most animals are most active during the evening and early morning
hours. Ninety-percent of deer-vehicle collisions occur between dusk and dawn.
- Your personal safety, as well as the safety of your passengers and other
motorists on the road, should not be jeopardized by trying to avoid hitting a deer. The video below shows what happened to a man in Kansas City after swerving to avoid hitting a deer.