The odds that drivers will have a claim from hitting a deer is 1 out of 169 - this likelihood more than doubles during the month of October, November, and December. Almost 10% of the country's deer claims occur in Pennsylvania. A number of factors increase the risk of collision with deer or other animals. Periods of high deer movement is around dusk and dawn and mating and hunting seasons increase the risk for collisions. Here are some tips that may help you avoid a deer collision this season.
·Deer are most active at dusk and dawn – be careful during these times
·One deer crossing the road may be a sign more deer are about to cross – watch for other deer
·Take notice of deer crossing signs
·Try to drive slowly at night, especially when on back roads
If a collision with a deer is imminent, take your foot off the accelerator and brake lightly. DO NOT swerve in an attempt to miss the deer. Keep a firm hold on the steering wheel and keep the vehicle straight. Insurance adjusters claim that more car damage and person injury is caused when a driver tries to avoid a collision by swerving and ends up hitting as guard rail.