According to th National Highway Traffic Safety Administration there are 1.5 million car accidents with deer each year in the United States. The result is $1billion in vehicle damage, about 150 human fatalities and over 10,000 personal injuries. The numbers are probably actually higher as there are no standards for reporting deer/car accidents yet in this country.
Michigan was second in 2004-2005 for the highest in reported deer/car accidents. Only to follow the state of Pennsylvania. The numbers increase with the deer migrating and mating in the months between October and December.
What can you do to avoid deer accidents? Please read the following suggestions:
1)Be attentive when driving. No cell phones and text messaging! And slow down!
2)Use high beam headlamps when driving in deer territory. This will help to increase your vision and increase response time in the event that a deer jumps in front or at your vehicle.
3) The use of car mounted "deer whistles" do not seem to affect deer and may result in drivers being less aware. These devices don't work! Watch out!
4) If a collision with a deer is unavoidable, it is usually best not to swerve to avoid it. Brake and hold the steering wheel straight. Turning the wheel may result in a worse accident with another car, or make you lose control of your own and possibly spin out.
Deer season is upon us. Please drive safely and be aware of your surroundings!