The firearms deer hunting season is officially underway in Michigan. Because deer become more active during this season, it’s a good time for drivers to sharpen their senses and learn some basic safety tips to avoid a deer collision accident.
While deer are not aggressive animals in their natural habitat, they can be very dangerous when they venture onto the road. If you hit a deer with your car, or worse, while riding a motorcycle, the results can be costly and deadly. According to Michigan State Police, there were more than 50,000 deer-related vehicle crashes statewide in 2017, resulting in more than 1,100 injuries and 16 deaths. The average cost to repair a vehicle after a deer-related crash is upwards of $2000.Do You Have a Case?
About 80 percent of these crashes occurred on two-lane roads between dusk and dawn, when deer are most active. The most serious crashes resulted when motorists swerved to avoid a deer and hit another vehicle or a fixed object, or when their vehicle rolled over as a result of the sudden swerve.
Oakland County saw the most deer-related crashes in the state. Here is a ranking of the top 10 Michigan counties for motor vehicle (and motorcycle) accidents involving deer:
1) Oakland County (1,765)
2) Kent County (1,572)
3) Jackson County (1,310)
4) Lapeer County (1,185)
5) Ottawa County (1,122)
6) Montcalm County (1,075)
7) Isabella County (1,057)
8) Huron County (1,055)
9) Allegan County (1,044)
10) Sanilac County (1,034)
Here are some safety tips from the Insurance Alliance of Michigan (IAM) and the Michigan State Police:
“Deer can appear to come out of nowhere, so even the most careful drivers can hit one,” said Mark Bernstein of The Sam Bernstein Law Firm.
Michigan auto accident law is complicated, but finding the right attorney is simple. Our experienced lawyers understand the intricacies of No-Fault insurance, and we will fight for the compensation you and your family deserve.
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