When Bumpers Meet Antlers

Tds Image 20 SmallAccording to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, deer-vehicle collisions in the U.S. cause about 200 fatalities each year¹. These collisions are more frequent during the deer migration and mating season in October, November, and December. The combination of growing deer populations and the displacement of deer habitat caused by urban sprawl are producing increasingly hazardous conditions for motorists and deer.

Here are a few tips to help you avoid a collision with a deer:

  • Be aware of posted deer crossing signs. These are placed in active deer crossing areas.
  • Remember that deer are most active between 6 and 9 p.m.
  • Use high beam headlamps as much as possible at night to illuminate the areas from which deer will enter roadways.
  • Keep in mind that deer generally travel in herds – if you see one, there is a strong possibility others are nearby.
  • Do not rely on car-mounted deer whistles.
  • If a deer collision seems inevitable, attempting to swerve out of the way could cause you to lose control of your vehicle or place you in the path of an oncoming vehicle.

¹Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

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When Bumpers Meet Antlers

Deer-vehicle collisions can be very costly, and even deadly. To help prevent these tragedies, State Farm offers some safety tips.


Last Updated: April 08, 2013