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Pennsylvania #3 in the U.S. for Deer Collisions

deer collisionIt’s the first day of fall. The new season brings lots to look forward to.  But, for Pennsylvania drivers, it also means you’re more likely to encounter a deer on the road.

Pennsylvania is now #3 in the U.S. for deer collisions – up from #4 last year. State Farm estimates that one in 67 Pennsylvania drivers will file an insurance claim for a car accident involving a deer in 2016.

Why does the risk increase in the fall? October through December is deer mating season, which also coincides with hunting season when deer are likely to be on the move. At the same time, days are getting shorter and darkness falls earlier, reducing driver visibility.

Tips to avoid hitting a deer

  • Slow down, particularly at dusk and dawn. Especially on rural roads or in wooded areas, it’s important to remember that a large animal could be around the next corner or dart out unexpectedly. Be prepared to brake if you need to.
  • If you see one deer, be prepared for more to follow.
  • Pay attention to deer crossing signs.
  • Always buckle your seat belt.
  • At night, use your high beams to see farther, except when there is oncoming traffic.
  • Brake if you can, but avoid swerving, which could result in a worse crash. It’s generally better to hit the animal than risk flipping your car or colliding with another vehicle.
  • Remain focused on the road, scanning for hazards, including animals. Another good reason to drive distraction-free!
  • If riding a motorcycle, always wear protective gear, especially a helmet, and focus on the road ahead.

If you or someone you love has been involved in a car accident, contact the car accident lawyers at Munley Law Personal Injury Attorneys for a free consultation.

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