Deer crossing sign

Keep an Eye Out for Deer

November 9, 2018

Fall is the peak season for deer activity, which means an increased risk of auto-deer collisions.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there are 1.5 million auto-deer collisions annually, resulting in more than $1 billion in damage. Deer-auto collisions are one of the most-common auto claims we see.

States with the highest risk for collisions are (in order):

  1. West Virginia
  2. Iowa
  3. South Dakota
  4. Pennsylvania
  5. Michigan
  6. Montana
  7. Wisconsin
  8. Minnesota
  9. North Dakota
  10. Wyoming

How to avoid an auto collision with a deer:

  • Be more cautious or avoid driving at dawn and dusk because deer mainly travel at these times
  • Follow the posted speed limit, but slow down when you see deer-crossing signs or when you’re in a rural area
  • Avoid swerving to miss a deer. Swerving puts you at an additional risk of losing control of your vehicle
  • Watch the side of the road for eyes, which will reflect the light from your headlights. If you see one deer, be on the lookout for others – deer move in groups
  • Ask your passengers to be on alert, too. Four eyes are better than two

What to do if you hit a deer:

  • Bring your car to a safe stop on the side of the road, and turn on your hazard lights so traffic can avoid you and the deer
  • Stay away from the deer and don’t try to move it yourself. The police will contact authorities about handling the deer.
  • Call the police and file an accident report for insurance purposes

Thanks to our friends at SECURA Insurance for the info!