Oakland County now has Michigan’s highest rate of deer-car accidents by Goldman & Associates
Statewide incidents continue to decline
Prominent auto accident attorney at Goldman & Associates is reporting that Oakland County has now overtaken Kent County as the most common place for deer-car accidents in Michigan. After years as the state’s most deer-accident ridden county, Kent County has seen the number of incidents in 2012 decrease to 1,572, behind Oakland County’s reported 1,683 accidents in 2012. According to State Farm, Michigan drivers have a one-in-92 chance of hitting a deer, compared to a one-in-81 chance only a few years ago. Experts attribute these declining numbers to a stabilization of the deer population in southern Michigan, as well as to a decrease in the likelihood of people reporting deer-car crashes to the authorities.
Even with the decrease in incidents, drivers must remain vigilant and alert, especially when driving along wooded areas. Authorities warn drivers that October and November are particularly dangerous months for deer-car accidents, as this time of the year coincides with both deer mating and hunting season. Here are a few helpful tips to help you prevent these crashes:
Heighten your attention at dusk and dawn
Deer are more likely to be active and wander into the street during these times of the day. In particular, deer during the fall mating season are more likely to make their way out from cover and into traffic.
Deer often travel in groups
If you see one deer crossing the road, be on the lookout for others following closely behind. Deer often travel in a single-file line, so if you see one deer, slow down and be on the lookout for others darting into traffic.
Proceed with caution through deer-crossing areas
If you notice a “Warning: Deer-Crossing” sign, be sure to reduce your speed. These signs are placed for a reason. Drive through these areas at a reduced speed and scan the edge of wooded areas for any sign of deer presence.
Last year, car-deer accidents resulted in 1,329 injuries and eight deaths. In total, there were 48,918 accidents involving a deer in Michigan in 2012.
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