Don’t Veer for Deer: Tips to Avoid a Detroit, Michigan Deer Accident
Did you know that Car-deer crashes in Michigan cause at least $130 million in damage each year, which is an average of $2,000 per vehicle involved? In 2004, there were more than 60,000 car-deer crashes.
And according to Michigan Deer Crash Coalition Chairman Richard J. Miller (AAA Michigan):
“Statistics show that most motorist deaths and injuries occur when drivers swerve to avoid hitting a deer and, instead, hit a fixed object, such as a tree or another vehicle. No one wants to see a deer destroyed, but striking the animal is often the safest action for the drivers and passengers.”
If you have to hit the animal, then Goodwin and Scieszka would like to remind all drivers:
- DON’T SWERVE! This generally causes more harm to you and your vehicle.
- Brake firmly and hold onto the steering wheel with both hands. Stay as calm as you possibly can, and know that your vehicle should protect you from the impact with the animal.
- Come to a controlled stop.
- Move the vehicle out of traffic to a safe location.
- Call the police. Don’t get out of your car and try to move the animal yourself. You don’t want to put yourself in danger of another driver injuring you.
Our firm uses our blog to reduce the very injuries that we often defend through education and statistical recommendations to all Michiganders. We’ve fought tirelessly for over 30 years defending our clients against Michigan car, motorcycle, and truck accidents.
If you or your family member has been injured in Detroit or the greater Metro Detroit areas: places like Pontiac, Milford, Macomb, Flint, Hamtramck, West Bloomfield, or the surrounding areas, then contact our firm and get the recovery that you deserve.
You don’t pay until we collect from the person that hit.
So remember, if you’re driving down Northwestern Highway in the middle of the night, and a deer runs into the middle of the road, your chances of a more serious accident are greatly reduced by hitting the animal dead on. Don’t veer for that deer.