Deer on the roads can be a serious problem for drivers. They are everywhere on the roads, especially in the rural areas of Dutchess County. Though the Fall is the highest season for deer-related accidents, we see deer everyday on the roads in the Summer season. Deer have a mind of their own and react unexpectedly. The only thing you can control is your own reaction to seeing a deer in your path. Prepare yourself for a potential deer collision by reading these tips.
Tips for Dealing with Deer on the Road
Be alert during peak times: Deer are usually spotted during dawn or dusk. The chances of a deer crossing your path during these times are much higher. You need to be especially alert on the road during these times.
Avoid Swerving: When drivers swerve to avoid a deer, they can actually cause a more serious accident involving other vehicles, objects, or pedestrians. Swerving can send you off the road into a tree or into a collision with another vehicle. The best thing to do is to use your brake and stay inside your lane.
Be a cautious driver: Pay attention to deer warning signs, driving at a moderate speed, and no tailgating can be the best preventative measures. Going too fast will make it difficult for you to avoid hitting a deer if you suddenly need to stop. If you are tailgating the car ahead of you and they stops suddenly for a deer, then you could cause a read-end collision. Use your high-beams at night to get the most light ahead of you when they aren't other cars around you.
Don't rely on deer-deterrents: You can find reflectors and deer whistles that are meant scare away deer, but these have not yet been proven to actually prevent collisions.
Does My Auto Insurance Cover Hitting a Deer?
Comprehensive coverage on your auto insurance policy typically covers deer accidents. Comprehensive coverage may help to repair or replace your vehicle if it is damaged when you hit a deer. Keep in mind that for comprehensive coverage to apply, your car needs to make contact with the deer. If you swerve to avoid hitting the deer, and you hit another car or object, you would need collision coverage to help repair the damage to your car.
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Written by Bill Pepe