Deer breeding season has already begun and hunters will soon take to the woods. Of course, you do not have to be a hunter to actually see a deer this year. In fact, you are much more likely to see these majestic creatures while out and about between now and December. Unfortunately, this also means that your risk for a deer-vehicle collision will increase. Know how to protect yourself with the following tips on avoiding collisions with deer in Wisconsin.
Where You Will See Them
Despite common misconception, deer can be spotted almost anywhere in Wisconsin, including towns, along the highways, and out in the country. However, they are most likely to crop up in wooded areas, along field lines, and near water. These are the areas where you need to be most vigilant in your awareness (they are often marked with signs). Watch closely for reflective eyes along the road, and slow down if you do see them.
If one is directly in the road, avoid using your horn (unless a crash is imminent). Doing so may only confuse the deer. Instead, slow down, stop if necessary, and give them time to cross completely. Also, remember that where you see one, you are likely to see more. So, if you do have one in your path, or even in your line of sight, slow down until you know you are in the clear.
When a Crash Cannot Be Avoided
Even the most diligent of drivers can end up in a situation that they simply cannot avoid. In these circumstances, it is critical that you not swerve. It is almost like an instinct reaction, but you need to understand that swerving only increases your risk of a serious crash. Instead, use your horn, slow down as much as possible, and brace for a possible crash. If you hit or kill the deer, call the authorities. This documents the accident, which can be extremely important information when filing your claim with the insurance company.
If an Injury or Death Occurs
If you or someone you love is injured when colliding with a deer, it is critical that you seek medical treatment as soon as possible. You should also gather copies of your medical records, retain receipts, and copies of the police report. Submit all of this to your attorney, who can help you pursue your claim and protect your rights while you focus on healing from your injuries.
Dedicated and experienced, Herrling Clark Law Firm, Ltd. is the firm you can trust. We handle all the legal details for you and will always pursue the most compensation possible. Schedule your consultation with our Appleton, Wisconsin personal injury lawyers to learn more. Call 920-739-7366 today.