The fall is a top time for car accidents involving deer. These animals are running wild during mating season, and once hunters take to the woods, they chase them out and into the roadways. There are plenty of times when you may have a close call. Hitting a deer can cause extreme devastation to your vehicle. It is also possible to suffer physical injuries from this type of Pennsylvania collision.
Consumer Reports explains that not only are deer more active in the fall, but also due to the decrease in daylight, you likely drive in the dark more often. Not being able to see one of these animals dart out into the road is a common reason for collisions. While it is incredibly difficult to prevent every accident or avoid every deer that enters the roadway, there are things you can do to either prevent a crash or minimize the damages from one.
- Use safety equipment
If you are in a vehicle, make sure always to wear your seatbelt. Many collisions with deer result in injuries when vehicle occupants do not buckle up. If you are on a motorcycle, wear a helmet. Colliding with a deer may send you flying off your bike, so make sure you have this layer of protection between you and the road.
- Drive slower
Everyone always seems to be in a hurry, but when you enter an area known for deer crossings, you need to slow down. This not only allows you to see better if one enters the roadway, but it also will allow you to stop quicker and avoid hitting one.
- Know deer habits
If you see a deer on the side of the road or notice one right after one has crossed the road, assume there are more. While deer may travel alone on occasion, they generally travel in groups, especially does and fawns. So, never think you are safe if you spot one deer. Look around for more, and be cautious.
You may not be able to avoid ever hitting a deer, but if you follow these tips, you may be able to at least minimize damage and prevent serious injury if you do hit one.