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Deer CrossingDid you know?
  • Car-deer crashes are a year-round problem in Michigan.  During 2012, there were 48,918 reported car-deer crashes.
  • A car-deer crash occurs every nine minutes.
  • The average car-deer crash causes $2,100 in damage, usually to the front end, and often leaves the vehicle un-drivable
Tips to avoid a car-deer crash:
  • Stay aware, awake and sober.
  • Drive at a safe speed.
  • Observe your surroundings.
  • Pay attention to deer crossing signs.  They are placed at known deer crossing areas.
  • Deer are herd animals and frequently travel in single file.  If you see one cross the road, chances there will be more following.
  • Always wear your safety belt.
If a crash is unavoidable:
  • DON'T SWERVE.  Brake firmly, stay in your lane, hold onto the steering wheel and bring your vehicle to a controlled stop.
  • PULL OFF THE ROAD.  Turn on your emergency flashers and be cautious of other traffic if you leave your vehicle.
  • DON'T ATTEMPT TO REMOVE A DEER from the roadway unless you are convinced it is dead.  An injured deer's sharp hooves can easily hurt you.
  • REPORT A CRASH to the nearest police agency and your insurance agent.
Article Source: Michigan Millers Mutual Insurance Company
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