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.