Drivers twice as likely to hit a deer this time of year

November 15, 2017 06:49 AM

Right now, you're two times more likely to hit a deer now than any other time of the year. Chances are you've spotted a deer or two over the past several weeks. It's both mating season and hunting season, so bucks and does are out and about.

According to the New York State Department of Transportation, there are thousands of deer crashes every year and since 2011, and 27 of them have been fatal.

The financial loss after a deer crash can be anywhere upwards of $2,500 and even more if you aren't carrying comprehensive insurance coverage.

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Compared to other places in the northeast, numbers from the Highway Data Loss Institute show you're more likely to hit an animal in Monroe County.

At Nu Look Collision centers across our area, workers see hundreds of people who have thousands of dollars’ worth of damage after deer collisions. While News10NBC was at the downtown location on Monroe Avenue, several cars were towed in after hitting a deer.

Ozgur Ercan at Nu Look Collision Downtown says between 20 and 30 percent of the cars that come in after hitting a deer end up being a total loss.

"Deer usually run when it's colder so depending on the week it could be three a week or a couple a day, depending on the weather,” Ercan said.

Here’s a tip to minimize damage in case a deer cuts you off on the road:  never swerve.

It’s always best that you hit the deer instead of hitting a tree or another car. When it's deer versus a car, the car usually wins. 

The uptick in deer on roadways will last until the end of the year.


Kaci Jones

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