Beware of Deer in Northern Virginia (and everywhere else)!

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Real Estate Agent with Associate Broker, Momentum Realty
Deer are always a road hazard in Northern Virginia, but with days getting shorter, and deer mating season upon deerus, this is an especially dangerous time.

An article published in the Washington Post, Deer-related crashes rise;
motorcyclists most at risk
October 31, 2012, by Gregg MacDonald of the Fairfax County T imes, points out that motorcyclists are especially vulnerable to road-crossing dear. According to MacDonald, 'motorcyclists made up seven of the eight fatal crashes involving deer from 2010 to 2012 in Maryland and Virginia.' In this high traffic area, most are aware of the risk associated with driving a motorcycle, but I confess that I never thought about how deer affect that risk.


In Virginia, the odds of hitting a deer are very high. According to a recent State Farm report, your odds of hitting a deer, if you drive in Virginia, are 1 in 103. Virginia ranks 10th in the most deer accidents nationwide.

Take special notice of any deer grazing on the side of the road as you drive during this period. As we all know, however, deer are notorious for coming out of nowhere. As the mother of a new driver, I am going to make sure that he pays special attention, not only at intersections, but even as he drives along stretches of road. You never know when a deer will dart into the path of your car.

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Comments (3)

Richard Burge Realty/ Burge Homes
Richard Burge Realty/Burge Homes - Conway, SC
Broker in Charge/Owner

Please listen to this radio report about deer.  It is worth the time to listen to....

 

http://youtu.be/CI8UPHMzZm8

 

Copy and paste the link.  

Nov 01, 2012 09:53 PM
Richard Burge Realty/ Burge Homes
Richard Burge Realty/Burge Homes - Conway, SC
Broker in Charge/Owner

http://youtu.be/CI8UPHMzZm8

Watch out for the deer...

Nov 01, 2012 10:00 PM
Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA
LandlordWhisperer

Bambis are CUTE and DANGEROUS.....they can WRECK the front end of a car and many auto insurance firms don't pay for the damage....2 words - DEER ALARMS * $10 and they WORK

 

Nov 01, 2012 10:23 PM