The presence of deer on Michigan roads is a natural byproduct of fall being in full swing. While these animals offer a delightful visual, they can also be a dangerous hazard. Recent statistics place Michigan in the top ten states of most deer-related car accidents. Over 1.5 million deer accidents occur annually nationwide, and the numbers don’t seem to be decreasing. Take heed to these driving tips to avoid being involved in a deer-related accident.
Since deer are famous for darting into traffic at a moment’s notice, it’s important to remain aware of their potential presence. The usual times that they appear will be at daybreak or as night falls. Being knowledgeable of when they are likely to present themselves can help you drive with an increased awareness for possible deer crossings.
All Michigan drivers should take note of deer warning signs, as they are only in places where deer are most likely to cross. Even if you do not see a deer in the area of a warning sign, you can prevent an accident by slowing down. By the time you see the deer, it is often too late.
Using high beam lights when driving at night can help you detect a deer from further away. If you notice deer on the road, flash your lights to get them to move. They are often mesmerized by steady lighting so shining your high beams alone will just get them to stare into the lights.
One of the worst things you can do is swerve away from any deer that may be in your path. This is because, while avoiding the deer is your instinct, you could end up in a worse situation by hitting another car, truck, or tree. In this situation, it is better to get a firm grip on the steering wheel, apply the brakes, and brace for impact.
Michigan Legal Center has been around for over two decades and is aware of all the dangers deer can present to drivers. Contact the car accident attorneys at Michigan Legal Center to discuss your legal options following a deer accident.