A Lewis County sheriff’s deputy is in critical condition tonight after a collision with an elk on Monday night. The accident occurred on Highway 12 near Packwood which is South of Mount Rainier.
According to the report, the deputy was responding to a domestic violence call when he hit the elk with his patrol car. He was unconscious when he was found. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with life-threatening injuries.
The unidentified deputy is 34-year-old.
Every year, there are approximately 1.5 million motor vehicle accidents involving deer. In about 2% of car-deer collisions, there is a fatality. The highest risk time for a auto-deer collision is between sunset and midnight and the hours before sunrise.
The elk is one of the largest species of deer and is one of the largest mammals in North America. A bull can weigh between 800-1,000 pounds while cows range between 600 to 800 pounds.
Most comprehensive automobile insurance polices cover deer collisions.
This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in car accidents and the families of those killed.