FACT: Most car-deer crashes occur between October and December

November 9th, 2015 by

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Car-deer crashes are fairly common in Indiana, especially in the fall. In fact, nearly half of all deer-related traffic accidents happen between October and December when deer mating and hunting seasons are in full swing.

In some cases, drivers simply don’t have time to avoid a deer that has darted in front of them. Other times, drivers see a deer and make a last-ditch attempt to avoid impact. Swerving suddenly often results in a crash with another car or a fixed object.

No matter how it happens, deer-related crashes can be dangerous and costly. Be aware of your surroundings, and consider the following facts and safety tips:

  • Deer are most active at dawn and dusk.
  • Deer often travel in groups. If you see one, there’s a good change others are lurking nearby.
  • It’s common to see deer in areas where you’ve seen them before.
  • Use high-beam headlights when you can.
  • Be extra careful near wooded areas, hills and blind turns.
  • If you do see deer, don’t swerve.
  • Finally, if you see a traffic sign that suggests deer could be nearby, take heed.
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