The mating season for deer, also known as the rut, has begun and will last until the end of November. During this time drivers should be extra cautious on the roadways.
During mating season deer become more active and are more likely to run across roadways without warning according to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Drivers need to be aware of this because a collision with a deer can cause serious injuries and damage to vehicles.
To avoid an accident with a deer the (DEP) has offered several preventative tips:
- Pay attention to Deer Crossing signs. These signs are put in areas known to have large deer populations.
- Use your high beams if there is no oncoming traffic because a deer’s eyes will reflect them and give you extra time to stop if there is a deer in the road.
- If you see one deer there are many. Deer usually move in groups and cross roads in a single file line.
- Don’t tailgate. Remember the car in front of you may have to stop short to prevent hitting a deer so leave some space between you and the car in front of you.
- Don’t swerve. If a collision appears inevitable brake hard and stay in your lane. Collisions are more likely to become fatal if a driver swerves into oncoming traffic or a fixed structure.
Another issue for Pennsylvania motorists is the fact that collisions with deer do not result in compensable personal injury cases. There is no case against the local government under the Municipal Tort Clams Act, nor against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under the Sovereign Immunity Act. Nor is it an actionable claim for uninsured motorist benefits under the injured motorist’s auto policy. But, a person injured by striking a deer on the road is still entitled to get their medical bills paid from their own auto policy.
You should also request a free copy of Purchasing Auto Insurance in Pennsylvania, an insurance guide written by Stuart A. Carpey.