During the winter months, it’s not unusual to see deer and other animals roaming near the roadways. They may be traveling to find food or migrating south as the weather gets colder.
While you can’t pursue a claim against a deer that causes a crash, you may be able to file a claim if someone tries to avoid one and crashes into you. Over 20,000 crashes can be expected yearly as a result of deer throughout America.
How can you stay safe when there’s a potential for deer in the roadway?
To keep yourself safe, remember these important tips.
1. Avoid driving at dawn and dusk. These are the times of day when deer are most likely to be out in the open.
2. Always drive at the posted speed limit and wear your seat belt, so you have a better chance of surviving if you do get involved in a crash.
3. Use high-beam lights. This light will reflect off the eyes of any deer near the roads, so you have the maximum amount of time possible to slow down and avoid a crash.
4. If you see one, expect many. Deer rarely travel alone, so expect to see the entire herd, especially if it’s a doe who could potentially have fawns.
These are a few things that you can keep in mind to avoid a crash with a deer. As you drive, make sure you give other drivers space to maneuver and brake without causing an accident. If everyone is more cautious, many of the crashes that could take place could be avoided.