One of the hazards you may face while driving is that a deer or another animal could enter the roadway. This often happens quickly and with very little warning, and it can cause a serious accident.
That said, there are steps you can take to avoid this type of crash. It is not entirely random, and many people who do crash have failed to take these steps. Let’s look at some of the best things you can do.
Keep your attention on the road
Distraction makes a deer accident more likely. For instance, the deer may actually be standing in a visible place on the side of the road, but a driver who is looking down at their phone will not see it. If it darts into the road at the last minute, they feel like it came out of nowhere, but it didn’t.
You only have so much time to react when a deer goes into the road. The faster you are driving, the shorter that time is. Simply slowing down when you’re in an area where a deer accident may be likely can help you avoid these risks.
Remember that there are often multiple deer
Some deer do cross the road on their own, but many deer move in small groups. If one goes across the road ahead of you, don’t assume that’s it. Watch for those that may follow.
What if someone else reacts poorly?
Some standard advice for a deer accident is, naturally, not to swerve into the oncoming lanes. However, many drivers do this instinctively as they try to avoid the deer, and they cause accidents between two vehicles – which are far more dangerous. If you get injured when another driver does this, you need to know how to seek compensation.