Watch Out For Deer on Kentucky Roadways
This time of the year, it’s not only reckless drivers we need to be cautious of, we should as well watch out for deer on Kentucky roadways! This creature has caused more fatalities in Kentucky than any animal around. So, be sure to stay focused on the road, stay in the present, and be aware of your surroundings.
In 2014, State Farm’s Deer Collision Data ranked Kentucky for 13th spot in the country where you’re most likely to hit a deer. The odds are 1 out of 107. While this ratio doesn’t seem that alarming at first, it shouldn’t be taken lightly.
On average, 200 people are killed every year in United States due to vehicle-wildlife collisions. Deer collisions are most likely to occur from October to December, with November topping the list due to the hunting and migrating season. According to the Kentucky State Police, a total of 2,766 deer collisions were recorded in 2013 and these incidents resulted to 132 injuries and zero deaths.
According to State Farm, deer collisions have an average cost per claim of $4,135 in 2014. In Kentucky in 2013, approximately $21.2 million in deer collision claims were filed with Kentucky Farm Bureau. Annually, insurance claims can rise up to as much as $4.6 billion.
How to Avoid Deer Collisions
There’s no way we can stop deer from running onto the roads, so we need to be the ones to exercise caution. Here are tips to staying safe on the road this season.
●Be sure to check your car. Check your seatbelts and headlights; you need every piece of equipment working. Don’t forget to buckle up.
●Be aware of deer crossing signs. Heed the warning, drive slow, and keep your eyes on the road.
●Note the time deer are most likely out. You are more likely to come across deer from evening to early morning. If you’re planning to travel around these times, be sure to keep in mind that you’ll not be alone on the road.
●Increase your range of vision. Use your high-beam headlights to increase road visibility at night.
●Don’t swerve. When you see a deer, don’t swerve. Slow down and brake but stay in your lane. Swerving may only confuse the deer and you run the risk of hitting another vehicle or a tree.
As a Kentucky Accident Attorney, I would like to emphasize how important it is to stay focused on the road when driving. Keep your cellphone face down and resist the temptation to use it, refrain from playing loud music, and don’t ignore road signs you see. All of these tips can save your life and the lives of your loved ones!