It’s deer season in Georgia, and no, we’re not talking about hunting them. It is the time of year when accidents involving deer are more likely to happen. Annually, there are approximately 1.5 million deer vs. car accidents. These accidents result in a cost of $1 billion in vehicle damage. The human costs are between 175-200 fatalities and 10,000 injuries. The prime season for these accidents is between October and December but they can happen year-round. While the vast majority of these accidents occur in the Midwest, a good number occur in Georgia. The Valdosta Daily Times reports on some safety tips to avoid hitting a deer in your car.
The chances of striking a deer in Georgia are roughly 1-in-131. This is lower than Mississippi, which is at 1-in-91, and South Carolina, which is 1-in-98.
Colliding with a deer can cause major vehicle damage. In some cases, people find that their car is inoperable and they will need to have it towed. Sometimes, the insurance will consider the car to be totaled.
People can also suffer injuries in deer vs. car accidents, and some of these accidents are fatal.
Here are some tips that you should follow in order to give yourself – and mother nature – the best chances of avoiding an accident.
- Don’t be a distracted driver. Put your phone down and pay attention
- If you primarily commute at dawn or dusk, slow down
- Seeing one deer can mean that there are others in the area
- Pay attention to signs that indicate the area is a known deer crossing
- When able, utilize your high beams to be able to see farther
- Brake if you are able, but avoid swerving, which can lead to a more serious collision
- Products like deer whistles have not been proven effective
- If you drive a motorcycle, make sure to wear appropriate clothing and stay focused on the road
Making sure that you follow these simple suggestions can ensure that both you and that deer get home safe.