Tips on Avoiding Hitting Deer on the Road
According to the Michigan Deer Crash Coalition, October and November are the most dangerous months for deer accidents.
Did you know that in 2011, there were 48,918 reported car-deer crashes in Michigan?
According to the Michigan Deer Crash Coalition’s Chairman, Richard J. Miller:
“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’re going to collide with a deer, then it’s important to remember:
- 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 and stay in your lane.
- 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.
We are a personal injury law firm in Southfield, Michigan, and our firm uses our blog to reduce the very injuries we often defend, and to raise communal awareness to protect Michiganders from harm.
If you’ve been injured in any sort of automobile related injury in Detroit or Metro Detroit: car, motorcycle, truck, bus, etc., then our firm is here for you. We are tough on those that hit you and compassionate for your injuries.
If only we could sue that deer that ran into the middle of the road at rush hour… Jokes aside, we want all Michiganders to have a happy rest of their year, and remember, Goodwin & Scieszka is here for you…