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