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From May to June, and again in October to November, deer are often seen on the open road. A deer-car collision could cause serious damages to the driver, the deer and the car. An average of 1.5 million deer-car collisions per year result in 10,000 people checked in to hospitals and 200 human deaths; not to mention, the 75,000 deer that are killed or injured and left to die by the side of the road. With such high statistics, it’s smart to brush up on safety tips for driving during deer season.

Avoiding Deer

Deer are prone to making sudden movements when confused or scared, so avoidance cannot always be achieved. However, your awareness of deer behavior and habits can help you avoid a collision with one. Deer are nocturnal animals and as such, they are most active at sunrise and dusk. Drive slowly during these hours, particularly through heavily-wooded areas. Deer are also pack animals. If you see one deer in the road, others may be following closely behind. Don’t think it’s safe to pick up speed after one deer crosses the street.

How to Hit A Deer

The life-threatening danger of hitting a deer involves the deer’s hooves or antlers coming through your windshield and piercing your body. Even worse, swerving to miss a deer can cause a head-on collision with another car, a tree or other stationary objects. It is proven to be safer to stay on course rather than swerving in either direction. Stay in your lane and apply your breaks if there’s time to stop before a collision. If there isn’t time, speeding up into the deer can help ease it over your car as opposed to it crashing through your windshield at slower speeds.

After A Deer Collision

After hitting a deer, pull over to the side of the road if possible (or if the deer is lying in the middle of the road, block it with your car to avoid further collisions). Do not come into contact with the deer; it may still be alive and/or may carry disease. Immediately call 911 to report the accident. While you wait for the police to arrive, contact your insurance company to file a claim. Remember to avoid touching the deer. The police will contact the proper authorities to remove the animal. Seek appropriate medical treatment as needed

Comprehensive auto coverage offers the most protection for similar collisions. Call your Millersport independent insurance agency Tom Jones Insurance, Inc. at 740-467-2040 for more information on auto insurance.

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