In autumn deer become more active. This season is their mating season; therefore, they become more adventurous, behave instinctive, and go further.
They are the most active primarily between sunset and sunrise. Their movement is influenced by many things, such as the farmers harvesting and preparation for the planting, hunters, hikers.
Drivers should be more careful especially on the roads marked with deer crossing signs, forest and nearby areas.
Some tips how to avoid collisions with deer:
- Slow down and be careful on the roads marked with deer crossing signs, keep more following distance.
- It is important that the younger drivers are aware of increased deer movement.
- Be awake in the early morning and evening hours, the wild animals are most active in these time.
- Be forewarned, if you find that a deer enter the roadway. As they often plying in smaller herds, the others are likely to follow him.
- Always wear your seat belt.
- Switch on the headlights.
- If the animal is already on the road, do not jerk the steering wheel because it is easy to crash the oncoming car or a roadside tree.
What should you do if you get hit a deer?
If you keep all the advice, it can also happen that you can’t avoid the collision. Even experienced drivers are powerless against the deer which appears suddenly.
If an accident occurs, you must do the following:
- Leave the car in a safe place: if is’s possible, pull over to the roadside and turn on the hazard warning lights. If it’s necessary, leave the vehicle, but keep us on the edge of the road.
- Call the police: Inform the authorities, even if the deer prevent the flow of traffic, even if injury or property damage incurred during the conflict. In this case, you need to do an official announcement, later you can base for this an insurance claim as well.
- Inform the nearby hunting company.
- Document the incident: Take photos of the driveway, the environment, the vehicle or injuries of passengers. When others saw the incident, you also ask him that wait with us to the police.
- Stay away from the animal: a frightened, wounded deer can be dangerous.
- Do not assume that the vehicle can be driven safely. Check twice that car can be traced. Check for any fluid leaks anywhere, loose parts, punctures, broken lamps and other risk factors. If the vehicle does not seem to be safe, call for help.
The general insurance covers deer accidents in most cases. Therefore, always pay attention to it that your car is guaranteed.