Oh deer! New York deer crashes peak in autumn

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AAA has released a report analyzing New York crash data from the past year. The report finds that October, November, and December are by far the peak months for deer-related car crashes.

Between October and December 2016 alone, there were 9,720 deer crashes across the state – the equivalent to one deer crash every fifteen minutes.

Drivers should be especially cautious after dark, as the report cites that 84% of deer crashes occur at night, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. 

AAA recommends drivers follow these tips to avoid deer-related accidents:

  • Scan the shoulders of the road in front of you. Deer may dash out from the shoulder or wooded areas adjacent to the road. They often travel in herds.
  •  Follow the speed limit. Keeping your speed down will give you more time to respond to unexpected wildlife movements.
  •  If a collision is unavoidable, apply the brakes firmly and remain in your lane. Swerving sharply to avoid an animal can often cause a more serious crash.

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