As the day’s gets shorter and the night’s cooler, it is time to be aware of darting animals, specifically deer.
In Ohio, four deaths and 416 injuries were caused by deer-vehicle collisions in 2014, according to the Ohio Department of Public Safety records. The department reported a total of 18,903 deer-vehicle crashes.
Nationally, 191 people were killed as result of collisions between vehicles and animals in 2013, according to the Insurance Information Institute and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Here are some safety tips for travelers so that you don't become a victim of animal collision
1. Be aware that deer are most active at dusk and dawn.
2. If possible, drive with your high beams on, so that you can see deer more easily.
3. If you see one deer, slow down as there are usually more hidden nearby in the shadows.
4. Report animal collisions to local police within 24 hours.
If you do hit an animal please do the following.
1. Pull over to the side of the road. If it is dark, light road flares or put out safety cones.
2. Stay Away from the animal. Deer have strong legs and sharp hooves that could hurt you if you got too close. In addition, deer could be carrying ticks or other diseases.
3. Call the police. If the deer is injured or blocking traffic the authorities will be to handle the issue. If there are injuries or property damage, you may need to submit a report.
4. Take pictures. If the police are unable to investigate, be sure to take photos of your damages for claims purposes.
5. Call your insurance company. Cobos Insurance 440-324-3732
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