Animal Collisions Down, But Motorists Still at Risk for Deer-Car Crashes in Gastonia

A recent report by State Farm Insurance indicates that the number of deer-related crashes in North Carolina and throughout the country is down when compared to recent years. That may be because motorists are traveling fewer miles these days due to a challenging economy. Less miles traveled equates to less chance of running into our furry four-legged friends.
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Personal injury lawyers in Gastonia and elsewhere know that collisions with animals can be costly on North Carolina roadways, but it is possible to make a claim against your own insurance company when severe injury results from a crash. Medical costs and property damage can add up, so have an experienced personal injury lawyer assist you with getting any compensation that you may be entitled to and deserve.

Insurancenewsnet.com reports that researchers from State Farm found that collisions with animals decreased to just over 1 million from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011. Reports indicate a 9 percent drop from three years ago and a 7 percent decrease from last year during the same time period.

The Insurance Information Institute estimated the annual cost in 2009 for deer-related crashes to be $4.6 billion nationwide. Roughly a quarter of the costs were medical and out-of-pocket costs compared to $3.6 billion for damages to vehicles from deer-related collisions. The average estimate to repair damages to a vehicle after an animal-related collision is $3,100 nationwide.

November is peak season for deer to be on the run, which can cause them to jump out in front of your car during dawn or dusk hours. The Wall Street Journal recently posted an article and interactive map on the states that have the most likelihood of car-deer collisions. The estimated number of deer-related collisions for North Carolina from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011, was 46,652. Based on the number of licensed drivers in 2009, that makes it a 1-in-139 chance of being involved in a deer-related crash in the state. With the number of rural roadways running through North Carolina, it is no surprise that our state ranks 16th as the most likely to being involved in a collision. North Carolina ranked 20th in deer-car crash likeliness in the previous fiscal year.

Here are some simple tips to help avoid a crash:

-Install a save-a-deer whistle on the grill of your vehicle, which makes a sound that alerts deer and other large animals that a vehicle is near.

-Slow down on rural roadways and highways during dawn and dusk hours. This is prime time for a deer to be on the move.

-Be on the lookout for white cottontail and reflective eyes from farther distances.

-Always maintain control of your vehicle.

-Don’t let distractions get in the way of spotting a deer in your path.

If you have been injured in a collision caused by a deer in Gastonia, Hickory Statesville or the surrounding areas, contact the injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. Call for a free no-obligation appointment to discuss your case at 1-800-887-1965.

More Blog Entries:

Familiarity of Rural Roadways Can Lead to Distracted Driving Accidents in North Carolina, South Carolina, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, October 6, 2011.

Deer a Fall Hazard for Motorists Involved in Car Accidents in Statesville, Hickory, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, October 4, 2011.

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