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Bradley J Glassel
114 South Main Street
Lake Mills, WI 53551
TO: Laura Staude
It's that time of year again: Watch out for darting deer
11/5/10 - An estimated 500,000 deer-vehicle crashes occur on U.S. roadways each year, resulting in thousands of injuries and multiple deaths. Most of these crashes occur between October and November during the deer-breeding season.
Most deer-related crashes occur in the country. But a growing number of these accidents are also taking place in or near residential areas, as new subdivisions are built closer to deer habitats.
Deer-vehicle crashes are often unavoidable, but here are a few defensive driving tips to minimize your chances:
•¨ Stay alert, pay more attention to the road and roadside - and actually look for deer. Be especially alert at dawn and dusk, the peak movement times for deer and when visibility is low.
•¨ Exercise special caution when moving through a posted deer crossing zone; the signs are there for a reason.
•¨ If you see a deer on the road, brake firmly and blow your horn. Deer often fixate on headlights, so it may not be effective to just flash your lights.
•¨ If you are unable to stop, do not swerve. It can cause you to lose control of your vehicle and hit a tree or another car.
•¨ Look for other deer after one has crossed the road. Deer seldom run alone.
•¨ Always wear your seatbelt. Most people injured in deer-vehicle crashes were not buckled.
If your vehicle strikes a deer, contact the authorities. You may be legally required to report an accident with significant vehicle damage, depending on state laws. Also contact your insurance company to report your claim. Collision with an animal is covered under the comprehensive section of your auto insurance policy.
Brad Glassel is an agent for American Family Insurance. His office is located at 114 South Main Street, Lake Mills, WI 53551. Brad can be contacted at 920.648.3141.