Did you know Missouri drivers are considered at high risk for a deer-related car accident? Car accidents are a major stress point. So watch out for those pesky deer! According to insurance data and claims forms analyzed by State Farm auto insurance, 1 in 117 Missouri drivers in 2016 were involved in a deer-related car accident.
Fox2 Now also reported in December of 2017 that Missouri is in the “high-risk” category for deer-related car accidents.
Fall and winter are the worst seasons for this type of auto accident. It pays to be alert. Deer just can’t read those “deer crossing” signs! They don’t warn you of their presence, either. They are silent and swift but none too smart, apparently.
Unfortunately, the size of the beast causes a lot of body damage to a vehicle. According to one auto insurance site, the average cost of deer-related car accident damage is about $4,000. Thankfully, these accidents cause very few deaths. Just stress, stress, and more stress!
When you’re tired and on your way home from work, put yourself on high alert. Dusk is just the time when the deer love to come out to feed. If your drive takes you past woods, farms, and fields, chances are even greater of a deer encounter!
Deer are social beings. Expect that when one deer appears, their family and friends are not far behind. I’ve counted at least eight deer leaping across the road in front of me in one incident. Fortunately, I’d been warned to expect a crowd! Even better, I’d seen the leader of the pack in time to actually safely brake.
The American Automobile Association (AAA) says you should not swerve to avoid hitting a deer. That’s the natural reaction for most folks. Instead, use your brakes! Swerving creates huge problems, especially if there is oncoming traffic. A deer-related car accident that involves a second vehicle becomes much more complicated.
What happens if you don’t see a deer in time?
- Document your accident. If you think you have any insurance coverage, make sure you call the police. Take photos. Note the time, date, and place of the accident.
- Don’t approach an injured deer. You could put yourself in harm’s way. Again, this is the time for a phone call. Police will dispatch someone to put the creature out of its misery.
- If another vehicle was harmed due to your deer-related car accident, you absolutely must call the police. Again, document everything you can. Take plenty of pictures.
- Take a deep breath and do a self-check. Any potential injuries? Did you hit your head? You may discover that you have whiplash symptoms hours later. This is another reason to document your accident for insurance purposes.
- Don’t drive your vehicle unless you are totally certain that it is safe to drive.
- Call your car insurance company if you plan to make a claim.
- IF you need to call your car insurance company, you may also need the services of a car accident attorney.
Why should you even consider calling a car accident lawyer?
Your car insurance company will seek to settle for the lowest acceptable pay-out.
You may discover you have long-term chronic pain in your neck or back as a result of your car accident. Sadly, chronic pain makes working a challenge and may even lead to job loss.
Attorney Nathan A. Steimel expertly handles car crash settlement cases in the greater St. Louis area. Book a free initial consultation today at 636-244-3737
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