Senior Specialist, Public and Government Affairs, VA
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Richmond, Virginia (Tuesday, October 6, 2020) Fall is officially here and AAA Mid-Atlantic is warning drivers to be more cautious on the roads. Deer mating season is beginning and October, November and December are the most dangerous months in Virginia for motor vehicle collisions with animals. A collision with a deer or other animal can put a serious dent in a vehicle, if not destroy it completely, possibly resulting in serious injuries or fatalities.
According to 2019 crash data provided by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, 6,523 crashes involved deer collisions, with the majority (53%) of incidents (3,477) happening in the last three months of the year. Virginia saw an 11% increase in deer crashes and a 16% increase in injuries compared to 2018.
"Animal-vehicle collisions start to increase in October and peak in mid-November," said Morgan Dean, Senior Public Affairs Specialist for AAA. "For that reason, drivers need to be even more cautious and alert behind the wheel, especially at dawn and dusk, which can be the times for high levels of deer activity."
Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Deer-Related Crash Data 2019
Localities with the most Deer-Related Crashes in 2019(DMV Data)
“Deer and other animals can be unpredictable and might dash out in front of your vehicle. But there are actions you can take to help prevent a crash or reduce the damage from an animal collision,” noted Dean. “First and foremost, drivers and passengers should always wear a seat belt and take steps to avoid distractions behind the wheel.”
A Costly Crash/Are You Covered?
While any animal on the road can be dangerous, according to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, there are more than 1.5 million deer-vehicle collisions each year, resulting in 150 human deaths and tens of thousands of injuries. Crashes involving deer can pose great risk to drivers, but even a crash in which no one is injured can be costly. AAA Insurance reports the average deer-related claim in Virginia in 2018 was $3,956.
In the event of a collision with an animal, AAA recommends:
To report a dead deer for removal from Virginia state maintained roads, drivers can call the Virginia Department of Transportation customer service center at 1-800-367-7623 or submit a request online at https://my.vdot.virginia.gov/.
AAA offers safety tips to help prevent a crash or to reduce damage from an animal collision:
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