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‘Tis the Peak Season for Deer-Car Collisions

November 09, 2015

Each year, three out of every four vehicle-animal collisions involve deer. In fact, deer-vehicle collisions cause $3.6 billion in vehicle damage each year in the U.S., according to the Insurance Information Institute.

Although deer-vehicle collisions are a year-round issue, keep in mind spring and fall are peak times for deer-related accidents. October through December is prime deer mating and migrating season, so drivers should be more alert during these months.

There are steps you can take to decrease the chance of being involved in a deer-vehicle collision:

  • Drive with caution, especially in marked deer-crossing zones and along roads surrounded by farmland or forests.
  • Be especially attentive around dawn and dusk. Deer tend to be particularly active between 6-9 p.m. These are the highest risk times for deer-vehicle collisions.
  • Use high beams when possible for nighttime driving. High beams will better illuminate the eyes of deer on or near the road.
  • Keep in mind that deer travel in herds and in a single file. If you see one deer, there are likely more behind it.
  • Always wear your seat belt. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that 60 percent of deaths caused by animal-vehicle accidents were people who were not wearing a seat belt.     

 If you determine a crash is unavoidable:

  • Don’t Swerve! Stay in your lane so you don’t move into the path of another car or lose control of your vehicle.
  • Brake firmly and hold onto the steering wheel.
  • Bring your vehicle to a controlled stop.

Contact the police and your Farm Bureau insurance agent to report a deer-car accident. Collision with a deer or other animal is typically covered under the comprehensive portion of your car insurance.

If you collide with an animal or experience other car trouble, our Emergency Roadside Assistance can get you back on the road quickly. Add Emergency Roadside Assistance to your Farm Bureau Member’s Choice coverage and enjoy the peace of mind knowing you have help 24/7, whether you’re traveling across the country or in your own driveway.