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The season is changing and the deer are on the move

Fall is quickly turning into winter, and the holidays are coming faster than you may like. One thing that often comes along with this change in temperature is the appearance of more deer.

Waking up in the morning and seeing a deer wandering through your backyard might bring a smile to your face. However, seeing one wandering on the roadway while you drive is quite another set of emotions, indeed. You may be wondering what you can do to avoid a run-in with one of these animals and avoid an accident that could result in injuries to you, your passengers (if any) and others on the road, along with the deer.

What you can do to help avoid hitting a deer

So, how do you prepare for a completely unpredictable event? Perhaps the following tips would help:

  • There's a reason that deer was in your yard first thing in the morning. They tend to rest during the day and night, which means they are out in force at dawn and dusk. This means you may need to exercise extra caution at these times.
  • When it's dark and traffic permits it, you may need to use your high beams so that you can see more and sooner. Those extra seconds may be enough for you to avoid hitting a deer.
  • They tend to come out of the woods on the edges of the roadway, so scanning the sides of the road may help as well.
  • Staying alert, wearing a seat belt and remaining sober could save your life and the lives of others.

In some cases, even these measures may not be enough. If you can't avoid hitting a deer, you will more than likely attempt to hit the brakes, which may lessen the impact if you have enough time. Equally important is doing what you can to remain in your lane.

What you can do if someone else crashes into you because of a deer

Other motorists might not follow these tips or be as attentive and aware as you are. If another driver loses control and his or her vehicle slams into yours, you could suffer significant injuries. If that happens, you may be entitled to compensation through the filing of a personal injury claim. Figuring out how to file a claim may be the last thing you want to do while you recover from your injuries, and fortunately, help is available.

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