It seems the deer populations are growing as are the collisions on the roadways with deer. Whether you have been involved in a deer collision or not, you may have known someone who has been involved in this type of crash. According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), there are over 1.5 million accidents each year due to deer collisions in the U.S. It is recommended you learn about some defensive driving tips to avoid hitting a deer before you become a statistic.
Key Driving Considerations to Avoid Deer While Driving
Exercise Caution Through Deer-Crossings- Deer crossings are there for a reason. Typically, this indicates a pattern of deer being prevalent in that area and a past history of deer collisions so pay attention and use extra caution when in the deer crossing area.
Pay Attention During Peak Deer Times- Keep in mind that deer typically are most active at sunset and sunrise so keep your eyes open and stay alert! Pay attention to the wooded areas on the roadway and along with the side of the road.
Brake Firmly but Don’t Swerve- If a deer darts in your direction, don’t swerve. Deer can change their direction quickly and swerving may mean you collide with it anyway. Apply brakes firmly to avoid hitting a deer.
Blow Your Horn- If you detect a deer, blow your horn. It may help to divert the direction of the deer and guide it off the roadway.
Use Your Headlights- Using your headlights during sunrise and/or sunset travel can allow you to see any deer before it creates a dangerous situation.
Realize Deer are Pack Animals- If you see one deer, you can bet there are other deer nearby as they are pack animals.
Be Aware of Mating Season- Mating season begins in October and typically runs through December, so be extra cautious when traveling as they are more active during mating season.
Always Wear Your Seat Belt- Always wear your seat belt because if you do collide with a deer, a seat belt will help prevent you and your passengers from getting thrown out of the car and preventing further injuries.
Never Touch the Deer if You Collide- If you do hit a deer, never get out and touch the animal. The deer, if still alive, may be wounded and scared, and if touched could create further damages so pull over and contact the police right away.
Report Any Accidents- If your vehicle sustains damages from a deer collision, you need to contact your local N.Y. independent insurance agent right away to report the accident.
Protection for Your Car After Hitting a Deer
Following the above driving tips can help minimize the likelihood of an accident involving deer; however, if you do collide with a deer and have damages, you may have Comprehensive insurance protection for your car, depending on your auto insurance. This is an optional coverage if you own your car, subject to a deductible; however, if you have a lender, it may be a required coverage under your N.Y. auto insurance policy. If you have questions or concerns about this type of coverage for your car, call our offices at Cameron Group Insurance and we will assist you. We are here for all your N.Y. auto insurance needs. Don’t wait! Call us today at 845-627-2130