As Pennsylvania car accident lawyers, we know that the worst deer-related tragedies come not from hitting deer but from recklessly swerving to avoid them. Motorists who are unprepared for deer on the roads will sometimes swerve into oncoming traffic or off the road and into ditches and trees. The results of such reckless avoidance maneuvers sometimes include serious Pennsylvania car accident injuries and even death.
Tips for Motorists
The Pennsylvania Game Commission offers recommendations for drivers:
* Stay Alert. Don’t depend on deer whistles or adjacent fences to keep deer from crossing roads.
* Watch for silhouettes and the reflection of eyes near the shoulder of the road.
* Slow down in areas known for large deer populations, especially between dusk and dawn.
* Remember that deer are unpredictable. They will sometimes stop in the middle of the road. Sometimes they will cross the road and then double back and cross again. Do not expect the deer to behave rationally. Slow down. Stop if the deer stays in the road and blow your horn to encourage it to move. Don’t try to go around the deer.
Our advice? If a deer jumps out in front of you and you have little or no time to react, do not panic! No one wants to accidentally injure or kill a deer and certainly you don’t want to damage your car, but the greatest risk posed by deer is driver reaction. As unfortunate as a collision with a deer may be, it pales in comparison to the violence and Pennsylvania personal injuries that result from collisions with on-coming traffic, trees and ditches.
Contact a Pennsylvania Injury Lawyer
If you were injured in a car accident in Erie, Warren, Crawford, or Venango Counties, call for a free consultation with one of our experienced Pennsylvania car accident attorneys. There are no strings attached to our consultations and, if your injuries keep you from coming to us, we’ll come to you. Call today locally at 814-833-7100 or toll free 814-833-7100 or use the on-line inquiry form to your right. We don’t charge a fee in car accident injury cases unless we recovery money for you!