Deer-auto collisions more often this time of year
Posted November 20, 2013
Updated November 21, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — There were nearly 20,000 deer-related crashes in North Carolina last year, and the chances of running into one are highest this time of year.
Blake Farley, with Haddock Collision Centers in Raleigh, says he sees a lot of damage that deer can cause to cars, and he says most of what he sees happens between October and December.
"We see about a 15 percent increase in our business, based just off of deer impact," he said.
In the worst cases, deer can come through the windshield, but Farley says he has seen some cases where a driver was stopped at a traffic light and a deer ran into the side of the vehicle.
Damages can cost several hundred dollars to fix, and in some cases they can be so bad that it's not worth repairing a damaged vehicle.
The reason deer collisions are higher in the latter months of the year is because it gets dark earlier and deer activity is also up because of it is their breeding season.
So what can motorists do to stay safe?
The North Carolina Department of Transportation recommends slowing down around wooded areas and to turn headlights on high beams when possible. Another tip: Look for the reflective eyes of deer.
Deer also travel in groups, so the DOT advises those who see one to assume there are usually more in the area.
The DOT also says that it's best not to swerve to miss a deer because doing so could cause a bigger wreck.
"The best thing I can say is to be alert and do not let anything distract you," Farley said.