In last week’s blog, we shared some facts about deer and discussed the need to be aware when you are driving so that you don’t become a deer collision statistic. It is important to note that the common sense safety tips also apply to this topic, including eliminating distractions and making sure your vehicle is in good working order. Wearing your seatbelt is especially important, as a minor collision can turn fatal without one.
As you now know, during October and November the likelihood of hitting a deer increases dramatically. We have shared that you must be especially alert at times and in areas where deer travel. But what do you do if such an accident suddenly seems unavoidable?
If you see a deer on or near the road, you need to slow down. Blow your horn one long blast, which may frighten the deer away. However, remember that if you see one, there are likely others nearby. Many a driver has thought he was in the clear as the first deer bounded into the woods, only to have a second deer jump in front of them.
If the deer is in the road, brake firmly. It is vital, though, to remain in your lane. Of course, you don’t wish to hit a deer, but it is better to do so than to risk a more serious accident. Many severe crashes occur when drivers swerve to avoid a deer or other wildlife, and hit another vehicle or lose control of their cars.
If you do collide with a deer, you need to move your car off the road if you can do so safely. Then call the police to report the accident. Do not touch the wounded deer! When an animal is wounded, it is frightened and confused. It is likely to hurt you if you come too close, or to make its own injuries more severe. After you have moved safely off the road and have called the authorities, call Schaefer Autobody Centers at 636-305-8288 to schedule repairs, request a tow, and for claims assistance.