According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, cars hit deer most often during the months of October, November and December, their peak breeding season.
Unfortunately, there's not much you can do to avoid hitting a deer that suddenly darts out in front of your car; however, below are a few suggestions to help prevent an automobile collision with a deer:
- Drive in the middle lane. Doing so allows you more time to see the deer and hopefully avoid it.
- Avoid driving on roads during dusk and dawn that are known to be heavily populated with deer. This is the time of day when deer are most active.
- Slow down and look for deer on the shoulder of the road.
- Slow down if you see a deer crossing in the road. They travel in groups, so it's likely that another is close by.
- If you see a deer at night, slow down, turn off your high beams and blink your lights.
- Blow your horn in short bursts. This might scare them away.
- Don't swerve to avoid the deer. Doing so might cause you to collide with another vehicle.
Although hitting a deer is sometimes unavoidable, there are things you can do after the accident to stay safe:
- Move your vehicle out of the road and to a safe place. If it's to the side of the road, make sure your hazards are on so other motorists can see you.
- Don't try to approach the deer. They are very strong, probably scared, and would likely hurt you.
- Call the police. If you are injured, or if the deer is blocking traffic, the police will likely need to fill out an incident report and get the deer moved.
- Inspect your vehicle. Make sure it is safe to drive.
Although deer don't have insurance from which you can recover, you're not out of luck. If you've been injured in an accident involving a deer and no other vehicle was involved then you might be eligible to collect uninsured motorists coverage. Contact an experienced accident lawyer to discuss your recovery options.