To our customers impacted by recent storms
Deer in the headlights
In 2015, there were about 1.26 million deer-related collisions. About 200 of these crashes result in fatalities. There are about 10,000 injuries and over a billion dollars in property damage annually. Ambulances are not immune. There is a case history in the NAEMT Safety Course, which describes a fatality that occurred when the driver swerved to miss a deer. Last year, a driver had a 1 in 169 chance of hitting a deer, down from 1 in 174 during the previous reporting period. Here are the states with the highest risk:
||1 in 44||
||1 in 41|
|| 1 in 65
||1 in 63|
||1 in 73||1 in 68|
||1 in 75||1 in 73|
|| 1 in 77
||1 in 70|
Living in a state that is not “high risk” doesn’t make you safe. It is estimated that there are around 30 million deer in the United States. Urban growth encroaches upon the forests in which deer like to live, resulting in habitat fragmentation. The likelihood for deer encounters increases in areas that are sparsely populated with roads built along rivers, lakes, mountains or plains. October, November, and December are month’s deer car collisions occur most frequently, but they can occur anytime.
40% of deer car crashes occur between 6:00am – 8:00am, and 3:00pm – 8:00pm. Deer have a tendency to travel in herds. They freeze when startled. Deer are on all roads and behave unpredictably. Deer season gives us a great opportunity to practice our defensive driving skills. To avoid a deer-vehicle crashes think about the following:
The information provided in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as all encompassing, or suitable for all situations, conditions, and environments. Please contact us or your attorney if you have any questions.