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November 25, 2013

Safety Tips: What To Do If You Hit A Deer

Thinkstock-deer-car-177328201-sIt’s that time of year: late fall and early winter are the peak times to beware of deer in the roadway, and we know you don’t want to hit one.

Deer are abundant in the fall and winter because it's both hunting and mating seasons when deer are more likely to roam outside their normal territory. Pay attention to "deer crossing" signs--they’re usually installed in areas where deer are already known to be abundant. Scan down the road and off to each side and pay particular attention at dusk and dawn, when such animals as deer, elk, and moose usually venture out to eat. If you’re driving at night, watch for pairs of small glowing lights on the side of the road that could be animal eyeballs reflecting the light from your headlights. 

Thinkstock-deer-car-135165185-sState Farm estimates that 1.23 million auto-deer collisions occurred in the U.S. between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012. These accidents were costly for drivers, typically causing around $3,300 in damage. Even if you don’t live in deer country, State Farm Insurance states there are about 1.5 million other animal-car accidents each year that cause 10,000 injuries, 150 deaths, and an average of $2,500 in property damage.

 

If an auto-deer collision occurs, here's what State Farm Insurance suggests you do:

1.  Move your vehicle to a safe place. If possible, pull over to the side of the road, and turn on your hazard lights. If you must leave your vehicle, stay off the road and out of the way of any oncoming vehicles. Deer are most active at dusk and dawn—times when you or your vehicle may be less visible to other motorists.

Deer-crossing-sign2.  Call the police. Alert authorities if the deer is blocking traffic and creating a threat for other drivers. If the collision results in injury or property damage, you may need to fill out an official report. This report also can prove useful when filing your insurance claim.

3.  Document the incident. Use your cell phone to take photographs of the roadway, your surroundings, damage to your vehicle, and any injuries you or your passengers sustained. (Take plenty of photos: This may help make your claim easier to process.) If witnesses stop, take down their account of what occurred, and ask for their contact information.

4.  Stay away from the animal. A frightened, wounded deer could use its powerful legs and sharp hooves to harm you.

5.  Contact your insurance agent. The sooner you report damage or injuries, the sooner your agent can file and process your claim.

6.  Don’t assume your vehicle is safe to drive. Double-check that your car is drivable after colliding with a deer. Look for leaking fluid, loose parts, tire damage, broken lights, a hood that won’t latch and other safety hazards. If your vehicle seems unsafe in any way, call for a tow.

Be sure you’re properly insured before a collision occurs! Damages from auto-deer accidents are typically covered under comprehensive insurance, not collision.

Contact your State Farm agent to learn more.

 

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