Sadly, deer accidents are a common occurrence in our area. According to State Farm’s data, Pennsylvania drivers rank second among most likely to hit a deer. West Virginia ranks first.
According to 2014’s data, the odds of hitting a deer in Pennsylvania are 1 in 71 which is up 7.8 percent from 2013. Hunting, mating, weather and even construction can all contribute to the increase in deer accidents.
Here are some safety tips to help you through this time of year.
•· Slow down and take your time when driving.
•· Remember deer are more active during evening hours so be extra cautions during that time.
•· 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.