Observing deer in their own natural habitat can be beautiful and serene, but what if one runs out in front of your car creating an accident? If it hasn’t happened to you then you probably know of someone it has happened to at one time or another. 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. Read on to learn tips to avoid deer collisions.
Below Are Key Considerations Regarding Deer and Roadways
According to the Insurance Information Institute, 1.6 million deer-vehicle collisions occur each year. Being prepared when traveling on roadways can help prevent a collision with a deer so that you can avoid becoming part of the statistics.
Deer are More Active at Sunrise and Sunset- Keep in mind that deer can and do cross over roadways at any time of the day; however, their peak hours of activity occur at sunrise and sunset. If you are traveling during these active times, use extra caution!
Mating Season Runs from October through December– Deer are on the move during mating season which runs from October through December. Slow down, pay attention, and use extra caution when traveling during these months and especially during sunrise and sunset times, when your vision is compromised already.
Observe Deer Crossing Signs- If you see a deer crossing sign, be extra cautious. If signs are present, it does mean there is a high deer prevalence along with a history of deer collisions.
Use Your Headlights- Using your headlights can help you spot a deer easier because you will see their eye reflection before they dart into the roadways. When traveling on roadways/highways with thick forestry, use your headlights and keep your eyes out for deer along the side of the road.
Apply Brakes and Don’t Swerve- If you spot a deer, brake firmly and calmly, and stay in your lane. Swerving could cause you to lose control of your car. Swerving could also cause you to go directly into their path should they change the direction of their path as they are unpredictable when frightened.
Blow the Horn- Never depend on hood whistles or any other devices designed to scare deer as studies have shown them to be ineffective; however, blowing your car horn can cause them to run away from the roadway.
Watch for the Pack- Deer rarely travel alone. If you see one, you can expect to see others too since they are pack animals. Slow down and use extra caution if you see a deer. If necessary, move to the center lane and travel if you can do so safely.
Auto Insurance Coverage for Deer Collisions
If you find yourself involved in a deer collision, be advised that the damages are covered under the comprehensive portion of your Alabama auto insurance if you have that type of coverage. It is an optional coverage you can choose, or it may be required if you have a lender. If you have further questions on this type of coverage under your auto policy, contact our offices at Burkett & Associates and we can assist you. We are here for all your Alabama auto insurance needs. Don’t wait! Call us today at 256-704-7400.