Texas among Top Ten States for Deer Collisions
We think of the possibility of having a motorcycle collision with a deer only when we see one, alive or dead, along the highway. We look out for them for a while, and then on our next trip we forget all about the possibility of hitting a deer. Each year in the U.S., motorcycle and automobile collisions with deer cause approximately an average of 150 fatalities. According to the Car Star network of auto repair centers, Texas ranks in the top ten deer collision danger states. Others include Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia.
Collisions with Deer Most Likely in Fall and in Winter
Deer pay little attention to traffic, but that is especially true in the fall and winter and during mating season. Although they are found in and near woods, that is not always the case. In exposed areas like the grassy areas near highways, deer are most likely to be seen two hours after dawn and two hours prior to sunset. Deer frequently travel in packs, so be aware that if you see a deer, another could be close by.
Steps to Take to Avoid a Collision
According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), if a deer suddenly appears in front of you, slow down and sound your horn with one long blast to scare the animal away from your path. Always ride defensively. Be prepared to brake suddenly and to take evasive action. Never swerve to keep from hitting the deer. Riders who do swerve often find themselves in the path of another vehicle, or they may lose control. Firmly apply the brakes, but stay in your lane to avoid hitting oncoming traffic. Unfortunately, not every motorist knows what to do when they are faced with a deer. A driver who reacts recklessly or otherwise inappropriately could cause a serious traffic accident.
Austin motorcycle accident attorney Ray King has been in practice for more than two decades handling motorcycle injury cases. If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident caused by the negligence of another, call (512) 514-6633 to discuss you case at no cost.