If you are a driver in Pennsylvania, it may not surprise you to learn that Pennsylvania is one the most likely states in the U.S. to hit a deer in. According to a recent survey, the chances of hitting a deer in Pennsylvania is 1 in 63—ranking the state third in the country for states with the most deer accidents per capita.
Though deer-related accidents can cause serious injury and death to drivers, most incidents only cause damage to a drivers’ vehicles. However, these damages can be extremely costly. According to State Farm, the average property damage claim for deer collisions is $4,341 and can go up to about $15,000.
Avoiding deer collisions
With deer collisions so common in the state, it is a good idea for commuters to be aware of how to most safely share the roads with these hooved animals. If you commute during dawn or dusk, you will want to be especially mindful of these best practices:
- Watch for herds. If you see one deer, there are probably more behind it.
- Stay alert. You should be especially vigilant during peak hours and seasons. Accidents involving deer are more likely to occur between October and December and during dawn and dusk hours.
- Don’t swerve. Swerving to avoid a deer drastically increases your chances of severe injury. Many times, drivers swerving to avoid a deer will collide with a railing or another vehicle. If a deer collision is unavoidable, apply your brakes as safely as possible and honk your horn to alert other drivers.
There is always a level of risk attached to getting behind the wheel. On Pennsylvania roads, deer on the roads create additional risks. Staying aware of these risks may help prevent you from being the unfortunate 1 in 63 who experiences a deer-related accident.