I’m not a hunter, but I know that fall is a dangerous season to be a deer. For some reason, deer and other critters seem to hit the road during the months of October and November. As a result, vehicle-versus-deer collisions skyrocket during these two months. Last year, there were nearly 61,500 such crashes reported. In fact, the true number of car/deer accidents is probably much, much higher, as many go unreported.
Car/deer accidents can be incredibly dangerous. Many drivers do not know how to react when a deer crosses their path. However, if you follow some key advice, you can reduce the risk of injuring yourself or others:
- Be attentive, especially at dawn and dusk.
If you see one deer, assume there are others in the vicinity of the road.
If you encounter a deer in the roadway, DO NOT SWERVE. Maintain lane control to avoid putting other motorists at risk or losing control of your vehicle.
Brake firmly and keep both hands on the wheel.
Although it may be unsettling to most people, it is better to remain in your lane and strike a deer than it is to swerve uncontrollably.
Remember, drive carefully and be alert to avoid car/deer collisions.
Growing up in East Grand Rapids, Michigan, Nolan Erickson began working at Church Wyble PC in 2007 as a law clerk. Now as an attorney, Mr. Erickson has developed extensive experience with all phases of trial and pre-trial resolution of personal injury matters, including major auto accident, medical malpractice, and other serious injury cases.