More Likely to Hit a Deer This Year
According to a recent story from WANE-TV, your chances of hitting a deer with your vehicle are rising. In the coming year, drivers will be 21% more likely to have an accident from hitting a deer than they were in the year previous. In fact, according to State Farm Insurance, the odds of hitting a deer in Indiana are above the national average. Indiana’s numbers are 1 out of 172, whereas the national rates fall to 1 out of 169.
Indiana is not the most dangerous state for these types of accidents, however, as our great state falls at number 28 on the list of states ranked for deer collisions. According to research from State Farm, the national cost per claim for a deer-related accident is $3,888, which is up 13.9% from 2013. As the number of accidents continue to rise, the cost for repairs becomes greater as well.
In the coming winter months, your odds for hitting a deer are at the highest. November is ranked as the month with the most incidents, followed by October, and then December. Because of hunting and mating seasons, the activity of the deer is increased during these times, making it more likely that you will see them on the roadways.
We encourage you to take a few extra precautions in order to protect you and your family in the next few months:
- Make sure everyone in your car is properly secured, whether with a seat belt, or an adequate child seat (don’t forget to research the proper type of child restraint for your children).
- Don’t drive tired! Stay alert on the road, because focus is key when it comes to avoiding a deer.
- Slow down while you are in deer zones. Whenever you see road signs warning for the presence of deer, take those signs seriously and avoid the temptation to up your speed.
- Where there is one deer, there are usually more. If you see one crossing the road, slow down and check for others.
- Keep emergency supplies in your car. If you hit a deer and are stranded, you will be thankful for extra water, blankets, flares, snack food, etc.
We want all of our readers to stay safe this winter! If you need our assistance with a motor vehicle accident case, please give our attorneys a call at (888) 204-8440.