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Deer Trivia Question:
In the U.S., damage losses each year from deer collisions cost
a) $1.5 million
b) $15 million
c) $150 million
d) $1.5 billion
Correct Trivia Answer: d) $1.5 billion
The National Highway Traffic Safety Association estimates there are approximately 1.5 million auto deer collisions per year, resulting in damage losses of around $1.5 billion.
THE MOST DANGEROUS MAMMAL IN NORTH AMERICA
You may not pay much attention to those deer crossing warning signs on the side of the roads, but statistics say you probably should. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, deer-vehicle collisions in the U.S. cause about 200 fatalities each year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association estimates there are approximately 1.5 million auto deer collisions per year, resulting in damage losses of around $1.5 billion. Each year, there are more than 60,000 reported vehicle-deer crashes in Michigan alone.
Statistically, most car deer accidents occur in the months of October, November and December, which also coincides with the deer’s mating season. It has also been noted that more accidents occur during the night, or anytime between dusk and dawn.
Knowing this, you can take every possible precaution when driving. The following list reviews ways to keep yourself safe and minimize your chances of a car deer collision when driving.
Avoiding Deer Collisions While Driving
If you are driving in deer habitat/country, there are things you can do to minimize your risk. Critter Control provides the following tips to reduce your chances of hitting a deer:
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