HARTFORD, CT (September 30, 2020) - Given that this is the time of year when Connecticut motorists are most likely to strike a deer, AAA is warning of the high price to be paid, both literally and figuratively, in the event of such a crash.
According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, there are more than 1.5 million deer-vehicle collisions each year, resulting in 150 fatalities and tens of thousands of injuries.
“Across Connecticut, deer strikes start to increase in October and then nearly double in November,” says Amy Parmenter, spokesperson for AAA in Greater Hartford. “With that in mind, AAA is urging motorists to drive defensively and remain alert behind the wheel, especially at dawn and dusk, when deer are most active.”
According to UConn Crash Data, in the last five years, at least two people have been killed in crashes involving deer and almost 350 injured.
Putting a Dent in Your Wallet
Even those with the good fortune to walk away from a deer collision unharmed may still pay a steep price.
According to AAA Insurance, the average claim for a deer strike is more than $4000, and if you don't have proper coverage, that could be a painful, out-of-pocket expense.
“Safety is priority one, so first and foremost we are encouraging motorists to adjust their driving behaviors to prevent a collision,” says Greg Lauria, Regional AAA Insurance spokesperson. “But also important in minimizing risk is making sure your vehicle is appropriately covered”.
Collision with a deer or other animals is covered under the comprehensive portion of your automobile policy.
Deer Danger by the Numbers
According to the DEEP, there were almost 3,000 deer strikes in the state of Connecticut last year and, the top 7 towns with the highest reported deer strikes in 2019 were:
In the event of a collision with an animal, AAA recommends:
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