Fall is animal breeding season, and that means there will be more deer out on the roads. This can be dangerous for drivers, particularly from October to December. Thankfully, you can avoid an automobile accident by knowing how to reduce your risk of hitting a deer this season. Also, should you experience a deer-vehicle accident, it is important to know your rights. The following information explains further.
Understanding the Risk
State Farm Insurance ranks Illinois as 32nd in the nation for deer-vehicle accidents. Overall, this places the average driver’s risk at about a one in 192 chance of collision. Of course, not all collisions are major – some result in little more than vehicle damage. Sadly, though, others may experience serious injury or even fatality because of a deer-vehicle collision. As such, it is important for drivers to do everything in their power to avoid an animal accident.
Reducing Your Risk of a Deer-Vehicle Collision
While you can experience a deer at any time in the day, they are most active at dawn and at dusk. Take extra special care during this time. Slow down, watch the sides of the road, particularly when driving by fields, fences, waterways, and heavily wooded areas. Pay attention to deer crossing signs, exercise special caution around curves, and take note of where you have seen deer before. Also, if you see one deer, expect to see more. They often travel in groups.
If a deer does cross your path, do not assume that it will run off as you approach. Instead, slow down and give it time to safely get across. Avoid using your horn unless it appears that you may collide with the animal; distant noises can actually confuse them and may not be helpful in avoiding an accident. If you do not have time to stop, do not swerve to avoid hitting them. Instead, slow down as much as possible, flash your lights, and prepare for possible impact.
If an Accident Does Occur
If you do collide with a deer, it is important that you avoid trying to move it yourself. Instead, call the local law enforcement for help. It should also be noted that a report should be filed for any incident that causes more than $1,500 in damages. Should you or anyone in your vehicle experience injury, it is important that you seek medical attention as soon as possible. Gather documentation of your injuries and expenses to increase your chances of receiving the compensation you deserve.
Deer-vehicle accident victims who suffer from injury should also contact an experienced Will County personal injury lawyer. This can help to ensure that your rights are protected throughout the process. Dedicated and experienced, Mevorah Law Offices LLC can help you pursue the most favorable outcome possible for your situation. Schedule your consultation by calling 815-726-9200 today.