Deer Season and Driving Safety

By: Carl Habekost, Esq.

You know what time of the year it is? No, not Halloween! It is deer season! The 2019 statistics from the Ohio State Highway Patrol reveal over 19,000 motor vehicle accidents related to deer on the roads. Of those, there were 4 fatalities and nearly 1,000 serious injuries as a result of the crashes.  The Ohio Department of Natural Resources advises drivers to be especially attentive while driving during the months of October, November and December. These months are the Fall breeding season when deer become much more active. Therefore, the Ohio Department of Insurance, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, AAA, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources want to remind motorists to comply with the following safety tips to avoid animal collisions:

  • Scan the road ahead
  • Use high beam headlights at night when there is no oncoming traffic
  • Be extra cautious at dawn and dusk when the deer tend to be more active
  • If a collision is unavoidable, apply the brakes firmly and remain in your lane. Do not swerve to avoid an animal.
  • Always wear a seatbelt and remain awake, alert, and sober.


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