The fall season is in full swing and daylight savings time is around the corner. Along with autumnal foliage and shorter days, fall and winter yield a high number of auto-deer collisions. Hitting a deer is a serious and common accident. According to StateFarm , there were 1.25 million deer collision claims last year. When you hit a deer it is important to remember safety.
How to Safely React to Hitting a Deer
Move your car to safety:
After you hit a deer pull your car over to the side of the road. Turn on your hazards and make sure that you are clearly visible to other motorists.
Call the police as soon as possible after you have hit a deer. It is important to notify the police if the deer is blocking traffic and of any additional potential dangers as a result of the collision.
Avoid contact with the deer:
The deer could be injured, scared, and agitated. A disoriented deer is dangerous and could be a threat to the safety of you or others.
Fill out a police report:
A police report will need to be completed if there were injuries or damage as a result of the collision. The report will be a vital piece of documentation when filling out your auto insurance claim.
Carefully document the accident:
Take photographs of the accident: any damages to your vehicle, injuries sustained by you or others, as well as the surrounding environment. Photos will support your auto insurance claim.
Inspect your car before driving away:
Be mindful of any impairments to your vehicle before you drive away – is there fluid leaking, are there broken lights or loose parts, have the tires been damaged? There is a chance that your car will not be safe to drive immediately after a collision with a deer.
Have you recently been in an accident with a deer? Call Mercer Auto Body today and learn about our collision repair services. At Mercer, we offer free pick up and delivery of your drivable car, manage your insurance claim from start to finish, and have fast collision repair turn around times.
Mercer Auto Body services customers in Kennett Square, Avondale, West Grove, Landenberg, Toughkenamon, Hockessin DE, Chadds Ford, Unionville, and Concordville.