October Begins Deer-Related Crash Season.

October Begins Deer-Related Crash Season.

During the months of October, November and December, Pennsylvania drivers are more likely to hit a deer than any other time of the year.

Mating season and the end of Day Light Saving Time are a dangerous combination for Pennsylvania drivers.

Fall is deer migration and mating season. During mating season, deer are much more active and will chase and follow other deer across roadways with no hesitation.

Unfortunately, deer accidents are common in our area. According to State Farm’s data, Pennsylvania drivers rank second (West Virginia ranks first) among most likely to hit a deer.

The odds of hitting a deer in Pennsylvania are 1 in 71.

Hitting a deer can sometimes be unavoidable. Here are a few safety tips you can follow this fall to help ensure your safety on the road:

  • 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.

Source:
KDKA, “Study: Pa. Drivers Rank 2nd Among Most Likely To Hit Deer”