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”