It’s that time of year again — the time when deer are a danger on roadways and increase risks for accidents.
According to insurer State Farm, the number of deer-vehicle accidents in the U.S. is up more than 7.5 percent from last year. This comes after three years of continuous decreases. Drivers beware! October and November are the riskiest months out of the entire year for these kinds of accidents. State Farm estimated that there were close to 1.25 million accidents that were caused by the presence of deer from just July of 2011 through June of 2012. During the last four years, the number of these claims that were paid by the country’s top auto insurers climbed by close to 8 percent while the number of other similar auto claims dropped by close to 9 percent.
Our car accident lawyers understand that the month of November is the most dangerous month of the year for these kinds of accidents. Close to 20 percent of deer-vehicle crashes happen during this time each and every year. As a matter of fact, they’re about three times more likely to happen in November that during any of time from February through August. The month of October is the second most dangerous, followed by the month of December.
These are costly accidents, too. As a matter of fact, the average property damage cost of these accidents during the second half of 2011 and the first six months of 2012 was more than $3,300 per incident. This number serves as a more than 4 percent increase from the year before.
There are ways you can reduce your risks for one of these accidents though. Review and share the safety tips below.
-Deer don’t typically travel alone. When you see one deer, you’re probably going to see more. Drive cautiously.
-Be cautious of deer crossing signs. They’re posted in areas with a heavy deer population. Slow it down when driving through these areas. Keep your full attention on the road in these areas, too. You need every second of reaction time you can get here!
-Remember that you’re most likely to get into one of these accidents between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
-Travel with your high beams on as much as you can to help you to see deer. Don’t keep them on when vehicles are approaching, but keep them on whenever else you can.
-Don’t rely on flashing your headlights of blowing a deer whistle. That won’t work!
-If you’re going to get into an accident with a deer, don’t try to swerve out of the way. This increases your risks for an accident with another vehicle, with a pedestrian, with a bicyclist or with a motorcyclist. You could even lose control under these circumstances.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident, contact the Lee Law Offices today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call 800-887-1965.
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