Driving around the streets of New Jersey can be peaceful and serene until a deer runs out in front of your car. It’s more common than you think. In fact, a State Farm Insurance study found that were over 30,800 deer-related car accidents in New Jersey over a one year period. Nationwide, there were over one million. So what should you do if you encounter a deer in the road, or if you hit one? Let’s take a closer look.
Always drive the speed limit and be aware, but if you do see a deer in the road ahead, apply the brakes. The slower your speed is at the time of the sighting, the quicker a full stop will happen. If there’s one deer in the road, there are usually more nearby, so once you’re back on your way, drive slow and cautiously. Flashing your headlights or your brights will not deter the animals, it could make them freeze in their tracks, making it difficult and more dangerous to pass.
If a Crash is Inevitable
If there’s no way to stop in time once you’ve seen a deer in the road, do not swerve to avoid it. This could lead to a more serious crash or hitting another car head-on. Instead, hold the steering wheel steady and hit the brakes. If you begin to skid, take your foot of the brake pedal and steer into the direction of the skid. When you gain control, hit the brakes again.
After a Crash
If you’ve hit a deer, call 911 right away. Don’t touch the animal. Take as many pictures as possible and contact your insurance company. The police will help guide you with anything else that you may need.
Having good quality brakes and tires will also help avoid accidents. If you have any questions about damage to your vehicle caused by hitting a deer, come in to Jost Garage today.