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There are more than a million deer/auto collisions annually, costing drivers thousands of dollars in insurance claims. In some cases, damages and injuries can be significant, and as our urban development continues to encroach on deer habitats the likelihood of a collision is not getting any less. But there are ways to minimize the risk.

  • Do not try to swerve around a deer, as you do not know which direction it may run, and the deer will not know how to predict the path of your vehicle.

  • Use your high-beam headlights when appropriate to improve your night vision distance.

  • If you see a deer in or near the roadway, slow down and blow your horn to frighten it away.

  • Deer often run with others, so remember to look for more after one has crossed the road.

  • If traveling on a multi-lane road, use the center lane.

  • Deer are more active in the early morning and evening hours, so be extra vigilant at those times.

  • Also be on guard in areas where yellow “deer crossing” signs are posted.

If all else fails, it may be safer to hit the deer than to swerve and risk losing control of your vehicle. And if it happens, move your car safely off the road and do not attempt to touch the deer. If it is injured and alive, its behavior is unpredictable and it could react in fear and further hurt itself or you.
Once safely stopped, you can call the police and contact your insurance agent to report the damage. If possible, take photos of the deer, the damage, and the scene. These will help in processing your claim.


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