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As the temperature drops, deer related accidents rise.

As the temperature drops, deer related accidents rise.

While not a common issue in densely populated downtown Louisville, deer related accidents frequently happen in Harrison, Floyd and Clark counties. As the temperatures are dropping deer become more active which leads to an increase in accidents. According to CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts, nearly 70% of their store owners estimate that the average cost of a deer-related collision repair is between $2,500 and $4,999 and can reach as high as $10,000. 1 Unfortunately, while not always your fault, if you are involved in a collision with a deer any damage will have to be paid for with your insurance if you have comprehensive coverage and after you pay your deductible which can be as high as $2,000.00.

According to State Farm, one out of 167 drivers will have claim from hitting a deer, elk or moose 2 . Some tips to avoid a deer-related accident include:

      1. If there is no oncoming traffic, use your high beams which may help you see a deer further down the road, allowing you more time to react.
      2. If you do see a deer ahead, try not to swerve sharply as it can result in a more serious impact with another car, tree or telephone pole.
      3. Do not drive distracted by looking at your phone.
      4. Be extra cautious when driving in the early morning or early evening as this is when deer tend to be most active.
      5. If you are involved in a deer-related accident do not get out of your car right away, instead check your surroundings, turn on your blinkers and if possible, pull your car over to the side of the road, then call local the authorities for assistance.

It is also highly recommended that you be proactive by contacting your car insurance provider to confirm you have the appropriate coverage should you be involved in a deer-related accident. Additionally, carry flares and/or flashlights in your car in the event you are in an accident at night and your car is unable to start.

Use these tips when driving anywhere this time of year, but exercise extreme caution when riding in more rural areas with open fields or wooded areas nearby.



1. https://www.blackcarnews.com/article/deer-accidents-spike-in-colder-weather-prevention-tips-and-costs
2. https://www.iii.org/fact-statistic/facts-statistics-deer-vehicle-collisions

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