Oh Deer! Georgia Motorists cautioned, Influx of Deer on Suburban and Urban Roadways

DeerCrossingSignHC0911_L_300_C_YIt’s that time of year, fall, for the deer in your area that means mating season. According to Georgia Wildlife, it is estimated that 50,000 deer-car collisions happen annually in Georgia. Mating season occurs between October and early December.

This impacts Georgia Drivers in several ways.

During mating season males go into a rut actively searching for mates. This contributes to an increased amount of deer coming into roadways.

As “fall back” daylight savings time comes into effect this matches rush hour commuting schedules and peak hours of activity for deer.

While motorists living in rural areas may expect to see deer, Georgia Wildlife cautions that suburban and urban areas are prime spots as well. This is contributed to the fact that increased human population and rural development have caused deer to move into new areas in search of food and water.

According to Georgia’s office of public safety, 300 people were injured in 2011 that were involved in deer collision.

While deer can be beautiful to watch in their natural environments, they present unpredictable and real hazards to Georgia motorists.

WTM insurance would like to share a few tips and things to consider for roadway safety during deer mating season.

Am I covered? As automobile claims from contact with a deer rise dramatically during the fall. WTM encourages all motorists to check their auto policy and with their agent to determine if they have adequate coverage. While the claim results when your auto and the deer “collide”, the needed coverage is most commonly found in comprehensive coverage of an automobile policy. This is an optional coverage.

Don’t Be Fooled: Deer are unpredictable, a deer standing calmly on the side of the road may bolt or cross the road if startled.

Others will follow: When you see one deer that generally means there are more as deer travel in groups. That creates for more unpredictable behaviors in which case slow speeds are strongly advised.

Best Driving Practices: Minimize your damages, if it is too late to avoid a collision, slow down as much as possible before impact. Resist the urge to swerve to avoid the deer as this can cause more damage by sending the vehicle off the road causing it to flip or a collision with another vehicle.





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