In Pennsylvania, drivers are more likely to hit a deer over the next three months than any other time of the year. October through December is deer migration and mating season. During this time, deer are much more active and will chase and follow other deer across roadways with no hesitation. For drivers, this can be very dangerous especially with the end of Day Light Saving Time and the winter weather approaching.
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 the data, the odds of hitting a deer in Pennsylvania are 1 in 71.
Here are some safety tips to help you through this time of year.
- 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.