With fall and the hunting season in full swing, deer populations will be on the move. This activity heightens the chance of a car/deer accident occurring. In 2016, there were a reported 46,870 accidents in Michigan involving vehicles & deer.
“Most often, you’ll see a deer near dawn or dusk,” said Livingston County Sheriff Mike Murphy.
Motorists are encouraged to look beyond the beam of their headlights for eyes of deer that may be near the path of your vehicle.
Trying to dodge a deer is not a good idea, according to Murphy. Deer often move erratically and swerving may cause a driver to lose control of a vehicle, resulting in injury or even death. In 2016, 1,240 injuries and 14 deaths were reported because of a vehicle-deer collision. The best way to avoid a vehicle-deer collision is to slow your vehicle down, flash your headlights and/or blow your horn to try to scare the animal. Deer travel together, so if you see one, chances are others are coming, so proceed with caution.
Remember to heed deer crossing signs. If you do hit a deer, make sure you report it to your local police, or call the sheriff’s office at (517) 566-2440.