How to Avoid a Deer Collision
High-speed collisions with deer can be disastrous for any motorist, and can be fatal if excessive speed or other vehicles become involved. While the easiest way to avoid collisions with wildlife is to avoid heavily forested areas and poorly lit highways, this is not always an option.
The risk of getting into a collision with a deer can never be removed entirely, but the danger can be greatly lessened by having good awareness of areas of risk and taking appropriate precautions.
Safe Driving Near Deer
With a few minor modifications to your driving behavior, the risk of getting into a collision with a deer can be greatly reduced:
- Pay attention to warning signs. Signs with deer images on them are placed to indicate that you are entering an area known to be heavy with deer traffic. Being aware of your surroundings is the first step toward staying safe.
- Slow down. Be aware of your stopping distance and be sure to travel at a speed that allows you to avoid the animal by stopping short. A good rule of thumb is to make sure you can stop within the space of your headlights.
- Be especially cautious at twilight. Deer are most active between the hours between sunset and midnight, and then again at dawn.
- Do NOT swerve. It’s natural to want to swerve when a deer appears ahead of you, but getting out of your lane and interfering with other motorists will often cause a much more serious and dangerous accident than simply breaking firmly.
When a driver is not adequately aware and cautious in areas heavy with deer traffic, they frequently create a dangerous situation for other motorists around them and may even involve innocent motorists in an accident caused by their carelessness.
It’s every driver’s responsibility to be safe on the roadways and aware of the potential risks that deer pose. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a negligent driver, you may be able to seek compensation for your accident-related losses. Contact the experienced Green Bay car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. today at 800-242-2874 right away to schedule a consultation.