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Deer Crossing: Tips to Avoid This Common Collision

Fall is the prime season for deer to be out roaming around. Although they can be a pretty sight, they can be incredibly dangerous to oncoming traffic. Here are some tips to avoid this precious driving hazard:

Think one step ahead

If you pass a hit deer on the side of the same road each time you pass through, then there’s a good chance that there’s one waiting to cross as you cruise by. Remember the areas where deer are most often hit and be on the lookout when you’re passing through. This is especially important if you’re driving in rural areas with open fields that lead directly to the road or highway.

Your high beams are your friends

Nighttime drivers will likely see more deer than during the day. Use your high beams when you’re driving in the dark to give you a better view of what’s ahead.

Birds of a feather flock together…and so do deer

If you pass one, you’ll likely pass a few others that decided to tag along. In most cases, deer will not travel alone. Therefore, if you pass one, continue to proceed with caution in case one (or some) of their friends decide to join them.

Whatever you do, don’t swerve

It is safer for you to hit the deer than to swerve and possibly run into oncoming traffic. Although you may be tempted to if you take a glance at their scared eyes, your safety is the top priority in this situation.

Now let’s go over what you should do if you unfortunately hit one (or more) deer while you’re driving about.

Keep it moving

As soon as you have hit the deer, pull over to the side of the road and turn on your hazard lights. This will alert other drivers of your parked car on the side of the road and help prevent you from also being hit by a car.

Don’t get caught up in the cuteness

As harmless as they may seem, a deer can still attack if they feel threatened. And chances are, if you just injured them, they will feel threatened. Do not make any movement towards the deer even if it’s in pain.

Use your resources and call for help

If the damages are severe enough, you may want to call the police. Even if a police call is not required, it can still provide evidence on an insurance claim.

At RIS, we can help you assess your situation and decide if you should file an insurance claim. We can put you at ease during this unpredicted incident and help you through the insurance process. Call us today if you’re in need of some help!

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