Pennsylvania has been ranked highest in the country for deer-related accidents. These accidents used to peak in the fall; however, due to population growth, research suggests these accidents happen year-round in Pennsylvania.

According to the data, in 2016 there were more than 4,000 deer-related accidents that were reported in Pennsylvania.  Those accidents resulted in 573 injuries and four deaths according to the Pennsylvania Insurance Department.

Allegheny County had the most deer-related accidents with 190, followed by Chester County with 179.

A local body shop reported that deer-related accidents account for 25-30 percent of all vehicles brought in for repairs.

Here are some safety tips you can follow to help avoid a deer-related accident:

  • Slow down and take your time when driving.
  • When you see one deer, always assume there may be others near.
  • Never swerve into oncoming traffic to avoid hitting a deer.
  • After an accident, inspect your vehicle and make sure it is safe to drive.
  • Contact local authorities right away if you want an incident report. Some insurance companies will need this if you plan on making a claim for the damages done to your vehicle. 

Sometimes hitting a deer is unavoidable, so overall, drivers need to reduce their speed and eliminate all distractions while driving to ensure their safety. 

Source:  Observer-Reporter, “Deer-related accident rate in Pennsylvania is among highest in the country”