Deer strikes on rise in area

Tips to help avoid collision

Staff Reports

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Sheriff’s Office has has seen an increase in car/deer crashes the past several days, according to Miami County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Dave Duchak.

He said the deer are on the move and asks that drivers please drive with caution and review the following tips, which may help in preventing a deer strike

The explosion in the deer population has led to the increase in deer/car collisions. According to Car & Driver magazine, in the 1980s, the deer population was approximately 10 million; today, there are more than 25 million. Losses due to deer/car encounters will only increase as the deer population continues to grow.

Each year there are approximately 500,000 deer/auto collisions resulting in more than 100 deaths and thousands of injuries, nationwide statistics show. Deer/auto collisions cost about $2,000 per claim for repairs and injuries.

• Be vigilant in early morning and evening hours, the most active time for deer.

• Use your high-beam headlights when safe to do so.

• Slow down and blow your horn with one long blast to frighten the deer away.

• Brake firmly when you notice a deer in or near your path. Do not swerve. It can confuse the deer as to where to run. It can also cause you to lose control and hit a tree or another car.

• Be alert and drive with caution when you are moving through a deer crossing zone.

• Always wear your seatbelt. Most people injured in car/deer crashes are not wearing a seatbelt

• Look for other deer after one has crossed the road. Deer seldom run alone.

If your vehicle strikes a deer, do not touch the animal. The frightened animal, in attempting to move, could hurt you or itself. The best procedure is to get your car off the road if possible, and call the police, Duchak said.

Contact your insurance agent or company representative to report any damage to your car. Collision with an animal is covered under the comprehensive portion of your auto insurance policy.

Tips to help avoid collision