The Press Newspaper
Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn is offering a reminder to motorists that November is the month with the highest number of vehicle-deer crashes.
The sheriff’s office handled 41 deer crashes in November 2008, Wasylyshyn said and in 2007, there were a record 61 crashes involving cars and deer.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are about 1.5 million deer-vehicle crashes each year in the U.S. Those accidents cause about 150 deaths and $1.1 billion in property damage annually.
Wasylyshyn offers these tips for avoiding hitting a deer while driving:
If you strike a deer with your vehicle, do not touch the animal. A frightened and wounded deer can hurt you or further injure itself. The best procedure is to get your car off the road, if possible and call 9-1-1.
Contact your insurance agent or company representative to report any damage to your car. Collision with an animal is covered under the comprehensive portion of you auto insurance policy.
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