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Deer Collisions on the Rise

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deer collisions, McHenry County traffic accident attorney, McHenry County Traffic Attorney, Illinois traffic accidents, deer-related traffic accidentsDeer collisions and traffic accidents involving other wild animals are a common issue in Illinois. State Farm recently released a report detailing the issue of deer collisions nationwide. Illinois is classified in the report as a medium-risk state for deer collisions, and was ranked 26th on the list overall. However, this represents a three place increase on the list, up from 29th the previous year.

The report provides a detailed breakdown of how deer accidents occur nationwide as well as the relative frequency of accidents in different states. For instance, Illinois experiences tens of thousands of deer-related traffic accidents every year. In some counties, this means that as many as 10 percent of all traffic accidents are related to animals. Additionally, the State Farm data notes that “November is the month during which deer-vehicle encounters are most likely.” In fact, over 18 percent “of all such mishaps take place during the 30 days of November.” With deer collisions occurring more frequently, it is important for drivers to be extra aware and to know how to respond if a collision occurs. Avoiding a Deer Collision When driving in the evening, remember that deer are most active been 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. If you see one deer, there is a strong chance you will see more. Deer often travel in herds. Utilize your high beams to “illuminate the areas from which deer will enter roadways.” If you encounter a deer and are unable to avoid a collision, swerving out of the way may cause more damage than the deer itself. Responding after a Deer Collision Responding to a deer collision is much like responding to an ordinary traffic accident. First, after impact, drivers should check for any injuries to those in the vehicle. If no one is injured, and pending the vehicle still works, move the vehicle to a roadside or a nearby parking lot and away from the flow of traffic. Next, contact the police to report the incident and then begin documenting evidence of the crash. Pictures of the damage and where it occurred can be very helpful when filing an insurance claim. While you are doing this, it is important to give the injured animal space. If the deer has not been killed, it can be frightened and therefore dangerous. Once the site has been documented, make sure the car is safe to drive. Deer collisions can create further safety hazards such as damaged brake lines. Finally, when you return home, contact an attorney and your insurance agent. Filing an insurance claim may be difficult and it can be helpful to have an attorney working on your side. If you have recently been involved in a traffic accident of any sort, contact an experienced McHenry County traffic accident attorney today to learn more about your rights and your options.
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