Deer Veering for Cars: the Number of Deer-Car Crashes Down in Michigan
Bases on reports by the Michigan State Police, from 2009-2012, encounters between deer and motor vehicles has dropped substantially: 61,486 to 48,918 based on traffic reports. People are in agreement that the numbers are down, but there’s disagreement as to the cause. Are people driving less? Are there less deer? Are people driving better and veering for deer when they encounter them? We aren’t sure and neither are the experts, but we do know what to do if you encounter a deer while driving to avoid a Detroit or metro Detroit car accident: 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 Southfield, Michigan personal Injury law firm that services the Detroit and Metro Detroit regions. We use our blog as a way to avoid injury, educate, and relay news that affects all Michiganders. If you’ve been injured as a result of someone else’s negligent driving, physical actions, or surgical procedure, then our firm is here for you. Now 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…