A recent report in The Olympian told about a motorcyclist who was injured when he struck a deer on State Route 506 near Toledo. The report said that John Strom, 39, suffered abrasions and an injured left shoulder after he was thrown from his motorcycle after hitting the deer.
Fall is deer migration season and motorcyclist are especially vulnerable in deer collisions. Strom was lucky; in 85% of the cases of motorcycle v. deer collisions, the motorcyclist is killed.
Collisions between motor vehicles and deer are highest between October and December. As days grow shorter and people are driving in dark early morning and evening hours, the incidence of deer collisions increases.
Tips for Avoiding Collisions with Wildlife
Motorists often panic when they see a deer in their roadway and attempt and sometimes veer into another lane into oncoming traffic or off the roadway.
Here are some tips to avoid or minimize collisions with wildlife.
- Drivers should be especially vigilant when driving between sunset and midnight and the early morning hours.
- Pay attention to “Deer Crossing” and “Wildlife” signs.
- Use your high beams, if possible, during night time driving. Avoid “over driving” your headlights.
- If you see a deer, slow down and use your horn.
- If a deer is in your path, brake but stay in your lane.
- Wear your seat belt.
- If you hit a deer, stay away from it. A wounded deer may injury you.
- After a collision with a deer, turn on your flashing lights and dial 9-1-1.
(Adapted from The Insurance Information Institute — Avoiding Deer/Car Collisions).
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