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“Watch out for Deer!”

Mark Wasylyshyn , Wood County Sheriff, is reminding all drivers that November is the month with the highest number of vehicle /deer crashes . October and December are second and third highest.

  • 2017 we handled a total of 239 vehicle/deer crashes . In November of 2017 alone we handled 53 vehicle/deer crashes.
  • To date 2018 we have handled 132 vehicle /deer

The numbers above are ONLY the crashes handled by the Sheriffs Office and do not include crashes handled  by other law enforcement agencies in the county.

According to the Insurance Forum Institute the average cost per insurance claim for collision damage is $2,800,  with costs varying depending on the type of vehicle and severity of damage. When you factor in auto claims involving bodily injury , the average rises to $10,000.

 Be especially attentive from sunset to midnight and during the hours shortly before and after These are the highest risk times for vehicle /deer co llisi ons.

  • Drive with caution when moving through deer-crossing zones, in areas known to have a large deer population and in areas where roads divide agricu ltural fields from forestland. Deer seldom run alone . When you see one deer, others are very likely to be n
  • When driving at night, use high beam headlights when there is no oncoming traffic . The high beams will better illuminate the eyes of deer on or near the roadway .
  • Brake firmly when you notice a deer in or near your path, stay in your lane. Many serious crashes occur when drivers swerve to avoid a deer and hit another vehicle or lose control of their vehicles and go into a ditch or hit poles or trees .
  • Always wear your safety belt. Many people injured in car /deer crashes were not wearing their seat
  • Do not rely on devices such as deer whistles, deer fences and reflectors to deter deer. These devices have  not been proven to reduce vehicle/deer co llisions .

If your vehicle strikes a deer, do not touch the animal. A frightened and wounded deer can hurt you. The best procedure , if possible , is to get your vehicle off the road and call 9-1-1.

Contact your insurance agent or company representative to report any damage to your vehicle. Collision with an animal is covered under the comprehensive portion of your auto insurance policy and does not go against your driving record.

 

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