Car-deer accidents on rise in mid-Michigan

JACKSON, Mich (WLNS) – This has been a busy month for car-deer accidents in Jackson and Hillsdale Counties.

On Thursday troopers from the Jackson post responded to two more accidents.

That brought the total of vehicle-deer crashes to 34 for the month.

Investigators say the majority of the crashes take place in the morning between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and in the evenings between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

The Michigan State Police have some suggestions that might help you avoid a crash:

  • Stay aware, awake, and sober.
  • Vehicle-deer crashes occur year-round, but be especially alert in spring and fall.
  • Signs are placed at known deer crossing areas to alert you of the possible presence of deer.
  • Deer are herd animals and frequently travel in single file. If you see one deer cross the road, chances are there are more waiting.
  • Be alert for deer, especially at dawn and dusk. If you see one, slow down.
  • Don’t rely on gimmicks, flashing your high-beam headlights or honking your horn to deter deer.

Troopers also recommend that drivers don’t swerve to avoid a deer. If hitting the deer is unavoidable brake firmly, keep both hands on the wheel and pull off the road. Once you’ve come to a safe stop contact police and your insurance company.

With the start of firearms deer season Sunday it is expected that the increased activity in the woods will cause more deer movement. Be cautious when driving and remember that deer can appear in unlikely locations, including city streets.

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