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October 14, 2020 — With state motorists hitting the road for fall break and remote areas as a COVID-19 precaution, AAA is warning drivers to especially watch for deer. Deer mating season is beginning, with October, November and December the most dangerous months in Oklahoma 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, and possibly result in serious injuries or fatalities.
“Animal-related vehicle collisions start to increase in October and peak in mid-November,” said Leslie Gamble, public and government affairs manager, AAA Oklahoma. “For that reason, motorists need to be even more cautious and alert behind the wheel, especially at dawn and dusk, when deer activity is often at its peak.”
According to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, 711 crashes involved deer on Oklahoma roadways in 2019. Two people died and nine were seriously injured in these collisions. Although striking a deer during this season is a common reason for crashes, drivers swerving—in an attempt to miss the deer—is another very common cause. This can be a fatal mistake because the driver may hit an oncoming motorist head-on.
“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,” says Gamble. “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?
According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, there are typically more than 1.5 million deer-vehicle collisions each year, resulting in 150 fatalities and tens of thousands of injuries. Crashes involving deer can pose great risk to motorists, but even a crash in which no one is injured can be costly.
Drivers are advised to make sure they know how much coverage they carry in the event of a crash.
Collision coverage pays for damage to your car resulting from a collision with an object (e.g., a telephone pole, a guard rail, a mailbox), or as a result of flipping over.
Comprehensive coverage is for damage to your car covered by disasters “other than collisions,” contacts (in this case, contact/collision with animals) and are paid for under the comprehensive portion of an auto insurance policy.
In the event of a deer/animal collision, AAA Insurance recommends:
AAA offers these safety tips to help motorists avoid a crash or possibly reduce damage caused by vehicle/animal collisions:
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