More Deer Strikes in November - BY FAR
(HARTFORD, CT) – Drivers across Connecticut have a greater chance of hitting a deer in November than any other month – by far. While the DEEP and AAA previously warned of an increase in deer strikes from October through December, records show that the risk spikes sharply in November, the height of the mating season.
“According to UConn Crash Data, motorists reported hundreds of deer strikes in November of 2017, almost twice as many as in October and significantly more than December as well,” says Amy Parmenter, spokesperson for AAA in Greater Hartford. “Most months there are fewer than 75 reported strikes”.
The greatest risk to motorists is at dusk and dawn when the deer are most active.
A Costly Crash
Crashes involving deer can pose great risk to motorists, but even a crash in which no one is injured can be costly. Of the hundreds of deer strikes reported to AAA Insurance in Connecticut last year, the average claim was for almost $4,500.
And, Phil Lombardo, Manager of AAA Approved Auto Repair ‘CarStar’ in East Hartford, says he’s seen much worse already this season:
“I already had a vehicle in that sustained so much damage from a deer, it was a total loss”, Lombardo said.
According to the DEEP, there were more than 4,000 deer strikes in Connecticut last year, though most go unreported.
Glastonbury had the greatest number of reported strikes.
AAA TIPS to help prevent a crash or to reduce damage from an animal collision:
In the event of a collision with an animal, AAA recommends:
Contact your insurance agent or company representative as quickly as possible to report any damage to your car. Collision with a deer or other animals is covered under the comprehensive portion of your automobile policy.
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