According to the State Patrol, in 2020, there were more than 16,000 deer-related crashes involving deer fatalities, and 13 of those crashes included fatalities to the motor vehicle operators involved.
Although crashes involving deer can happen at any time of the day, deer are most active near roadways in the morning and evening hours.
Avoiding Deer Collisions
According to Patrolman David Ecklor, these are helpful tips for safe driving when deer might be present:
- Buckle up!
- If you spot a deer, scan down the roadway to try and identify additional animals.
- If you’re driving at night, reduce your speed.
If you happen to hit a deer, pull over to safety and do not attempt to move the deer on your own. Call 911 if you are injured or if the deer is impeding traffic. In Wisconsin, according to the Wisconsin DNR, the driver of a vehicle that collides with a deer has first priority to claim the carcass.
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.
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