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Be Cautious: It is Deer Crash Season

Deer Crash Season

Keep your eyes out for deer because they don’t always look both ways before crossing the road.

Deer Season is Here:

Deer can be spotted along the sides of roadways any time of the year, but motorists should be especially vigilant in the fall for such.  Frolicking deer on roadways poses a seasonal traffic hazard. Deer-breeding season runs from October and into December, peaking in mid-November, this time of year marks the period when deer-vehicle collisions are most frequent. We typically see double (or more) deer collisions this time of year in our repair facilities. Additionally, spring also brings a slight increased number of deer-vehicle accidents.

During rut, deer are focused on mating. They travel more during their rut season and due to their current “focus” pay much less attention to hazards such as vehicles. Many deer will move to new locations as crops are harvested and leaves fall from trees and shrubs, seeking safer more secure winter habitats.

Avoiding Deer-Hits:

With shorter fall days, dusk and dawn occur when commuter traffic is at its heaviest. This is also the time that deer are more likely to be on the move. Deer-vehicle crashes occur in all areas of Kansas and Oklahoma , however; areas with high human populations and high traffic volumes record the most crashes. It is for this reason, vigilant awareness while you are driving, especially around dusk and dawn, is so important. The following defensive driving techniques could ensure your safety this fall and winter:

  • Stay watchful and be alert when driving at dawn and dusk when deer are most active.
  • Watch for more than one deer. Where you see one, you will likely see two or more!
  • Reduce speed and be alert near wooded areas, green spaces (like parks and golf courses), and near water (steams, ponds, and lakes).
  • Be mindful around Deer crossing signs, which indicate where high levels of deer related crashes have occurred in the past.
  • Use your bright lights when possible to help you see deer as far ahead as possible.
  • Don’t swerve to avoid hitting a deer or other animals. Some of the most serious crashes occur when drivers swerve to avoid an animal and then collide with another vehicle or run off the road and hit an obstacle (often times a tree).
  • Always wear your seat belt and buckle up the kids in an appropriate child safety seat.

The Odds of a Deer Crash:

In Kansas, you have a 1 in 125 chance of being involved in a deer collision. In fact, in Sedgwick County you are even more likely to being involved in a deer-hit. Kansas is ranked 18th in the country as far as deer related accidents are concerned, while Oklahoma is ranked 33rd with a 1 in 195 chance. The national average cost per claim for 2015-2016 was $3,995.08, down just slightly from $4,135 in 2014-2015, accidents with a deer can be costly, not to mention stressful.

Hit a Deer, Win Some Gear:

We hope good fortune is yours this deer season, helping you avoid a deer related accident. However, no matter what precautions you take, such accidents can (and do) occur. When this happens, keep in mind that when Collision Works (or Auto Masters: A Collision Works Company) repairs your deer-crashed vehicle, you will be automatically entered for a chance to win 1 of 24 prizes given monthly. Additionally, you’d be eligible for a chance at winning the grand prize – an Oklahoma City Thunder Basketball Ticket Package for 4 tickets to see the Thunder play New Orleans, which includes dinner and hotel.