Car-deer crashes are a year round concern. Every year in Michigan, car-deer crashes cause thousands of serious injuries and result in millions of dollars in property damage. The single most important thing drivers can do to help avoid a car-deer crash is slow down and be aware of deer after dark. Always remember safety belts are your best defense in any collision.
Car deer crashes occur all year, but are especially prevalent during the fall mating season and during spring when deer seek out the first green grass near roads. When you see a deer on the roadway ahead, you sometimes only have a brief moment to react.
If a collision with a deer is unavoidable, remember these tips:
- Don’t swerve!
- Brake firmly
- Hold onto the steering wheel
- Stay in your own lane