In Georgia, most people can say that they know someone or know of someone who has hit a deer while driving. Many drivers can say that they have had this experience for themselves. The resulting collisions can not only kill or seriously harm the deer, but they can do major damage to a vehicle, requiring thousands of dollars in repairs. They can also lead to injuries for the driver or passengers that can range from minor to catastrophic. As more people move to the suburbs and exurbs, collisions with deer are becoming increasingly common, especially at this time of year, which is mating season.
The Atlanta Patch reports that the odds of hitting a deer in Georgia rise as mating season starts.
Deer are on the move looking for a mate beginning in October through early December. This means that the chances of a collision with one of these animals rises. State Farm Insurance says that the average person’s chance of hitting a deer are 1 in 116. In Georgia, that rises to 1 in 90.
To put that into perspective, a person’s chances of catching a ball at a Major League Baseball game are a 1 in 563 chance. A person is actually less likely to be audited by the IRS than to hit a deer.
There are some tips to minimize your chances of colliding with a deer.
If you see a deer on the side of the road, you may want to stop. A startled deer may run in front of a vehicle rather than away from it. If you see one deer, count on there being others nearby. Deer are most likely to be active at dusk and dawn, just in time for both rush hours. Fall is the peak time for deer vs. vehicle encounters, so take more care during this period.
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