Motor vehicle accidents that involve deer cause about $2 billion in vehicle damage every year.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that approximately 1 million motor vehicle accidents involving deer occur each year. These accidents result in about 200 fatalities and 10,000 injuries. On average, a collision involving deer results in $3,000 of losses. In total, these accidents result in $2 billion worth of vehicle damage.
A number of factors contribute to the frequency of motor vehicle accidents involving deer.
According to State Farm Insurance, a greater number of collisions between motor vehicles and deer occur during the month of November than any other time of year. This is because the mating season for North American deer occurs between late October and early December.
Another factor responsible for the number of collisions between motor vehicles and deer is habitat fragmentation. This occurs when roadways are built in locations that encroach on the natural habitats of deer. In addition, accidents are more likely to occur at night than during daylight hours when deer are more visible to drivers.
Research shows that state and local governments can take steps to help reduce the number of collisions between motor vehicles and deer. For example, a study published by the University of Alberta in September 2011 found that collisions involving deer could be reduced by a third when warning signs are placed along roadways where deer are known to cross.
You may be able to receive compensation for damages resulting from a collision involving deer.
If you are injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident involving a collision with a deer, or if your property or vehicle is damaged as a result of such an accident, you may be wondering whether you may be able to seek compensation for your losses. In some cases, the driver’s insurance policy will include specific provisions that pay for medical costs incurred by passengers of a vehicle involved in a motor vehicle accident, regardless of fault. In addition, your own insurance policy may provide coverage. However if this type of insurance coverage does not exist, the question of whether you can be compensated for your losses will depend on whether the driver of the vehicle acted negligently when they caused the accident.
Factors that may lead a court to determine that the driver acted negligently may include:
· The driver’s failure to spot the deer in time to avoid the accident because they were texting or otherwise using their cellular phone while driving;
· The driver’s failure to obey traffic laws such as, speed limits and traffic signals;
· Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, you should collect as much information as possible at the scene of the accident. This may include obtaining contact information from witnesses and taking pictures of the accident scene. Doing so could help establish whether negligence was at play.
Also, you should contact an attorney immediately in order to discuss the circumstances of your accident. An attorney will be able to review the facts of your case and determine whether negligence was at play. If so, an attorney can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your losses.