October-November Peak Time For Car-Deer Crashes

Sep 30, 2014

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This is the time of the year when deer become the most active and that means drivers, especially people on motorcycles, need to be extra alert.

The DOT's safety expert David Pabst says the crashes often happen during specific times..

“Crashes with deer can happen at any time of the day, but deer tend to be most active in the early morning and early evening hours. All drivers need to be alert, but not surprisingly motorcyclists are especially vulnerable. Last year in Wisconsin, eight people lost their lives in deer-vehicle crashes — and six of those were motorcyclists.”

Pabst says should you hit a deer,  you should be careful around the accident scene...

“The best thing people can do is buckle up, slow down, and just be alert. If you can’t avoid a crash, brake firmly, but stay in your lane and in control of your vehicle. If you hit a deer, get your vehicle off the road if possible and call law enforcement. And remember, walking around a highway is very dangerous. It’s generally best to stay buckled up and in your vehicle until help arrives.”

October and November are the peak months for vehicle-deer collisions.