Each year in Indiana, several thousands of dollars worth of damage occurs from vehicle-deer crashes. In many cases, motorists panic, swerve to miss a deer, lose control of their vehicles and hit fixed objects. As deer migrate from the fields and woods and run across Indiana roadways, the Indiana State Police reminds motorists to remember the following driving techniques:
• When possible use high beam headlights at night and be aware that deer could be standing on or near the side of the roadway.
• Drivers should never panic. Sometimes it is better to hit the deer than swerve and crash into another vehicle, or hit a fixed object such as a utility pole or tree.
• Where there is one deer there are often several. BE ALERT!
• If your vehicle strikes a deer, do not touch it. A frightened or wounded deer can cause you serious bodily injury. Remain in your car, make sure you and your passengers are safe, and call the police to obtain a crash report.
Motorists must report any crash where there is at least $1,000 in property damage or if someone is injured. Driving defensively, wearing a seat belt, and obeying all speed laws will help motorists avoid crashes and prevent injuries.