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The Most Dangerous Time of the Year

If you’ve lived in the Northeast for any amount of time then you know that we are headed into that time of year when the deer are out and, seemingly, gunning for our cars. And, of course, they like to run out in front of our cars at dusk and dark, lessening our visibility and making driving that much more dangerous.

The non-profit website, Health Research Funding, compiled a list of dangerous deer statistics. This list is meant to help us become more cautious drivers. But remember, if you do hit a deer, then make sure you contact an expert at one of our trusted CARSTAR Collision Centers!

1. There are about 1.5 million car accidents with deer each year.
2. The estimated cost of deer car accidents exceeds $1 billion annually.
3. The number of human fatalities that occur from deer car accidents every year: an average of 150.
4. There are an average of 10,000 personal injuries that happen from deer car accidents every year.
6. 26% of the animals killed each year in collisions with vehicles on freeways and country roads are large animals like deer.
7. The most common species of deer that are involved in these collisions are white-tailed deer.
8. An estimated $400 million out of the $1 billion in costs annually comes from accidents that occur in Pennsylvania, the #1 state of deer car accidents.
9. Deer whistles may cost up to $25 and there is no documented evidence that they alert deer to a car’s presence or cause them to move.
10. The majority of these accidents occur between October and December, but they can happen at any time of year.
12. The leading cause of accidents, injuries, and deaths from deer-related accidents is when vehicles swerve.
13. It is important to pay special attention during the 6pm and 9pm window as this is when a majority of the deer car accidents occur.
15. The amount claims have risen for deer car accidents in the past year: 4.4%.
16. Over the last 4 years, the number of deer-related claims paid out by insurance agencies increased 7.9 percent.
18. The number of fatal crashes with deer and other animals has more than doubled in the past 15 years.
19. Most deer car accidents occur during the months of October, November and December.
20. Even when pursued by a hunter or other predator, a deer will rarely leave its home territory.
21. It is mating season, not hunting season, that typically causes the most deer to be out on roadways.

And remember, if you are a member of the AutoRewards progam, if your vehicle is involved in a collsion, we can help you get back on the road. Choose one of our CARSTAR collision centers for your repair, and you may redeem up to $250 from your AutoRewards account towards your deductible.

CARSTAR Website, Locations and contact information:

  • Boyertown: 525 Route 100 North * 424-928-2436
  • Doylestown: 1100 Airport Blvd * 267-406-6204
  • Flemington: 172 US 202 * 908-905-0753
  • Langhorne: 250 N. Woodbourne Rd * 215-970-7728
  • Mechanicsburg: 6302 Carlisle Pike * 717-775-3070
  • Newtown: 10 N. Sycamore St. * 215-968-3800