MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota. Autumn brings earlier sunsets, changing leaves, and cooler days. It also brings with it an increased risk of car accidents, especially those involving animals. According to AARP, a driver is 3.5 more likely to hit any animal in November. Why? Fall brings in the deer mating season, meaning that more deer might be on the move and may be more likely to be crossing roads. Fall is also hunting season, meaning that hunting activity could increase the risk that animals will be on the move to stay safe. Approximately 1 out of 100 people will hit an animal at some point in their driving life. How can you avoid animal collisions?
According to PETA, drivers should be particularly cautious during dusk and dawn hours, when deer and other animals will likely be more active. PETA recommends that drivers turn on their high beams during these hours and during nighttime when there is no other oncoming traffic. Your higher beams will be more likely to illuminate the deer’s eyes, making them more visible.
If you see one deer, this means it’s time to slow down. One deer often means others are around.
What happens if you see a deer in your lane on a two-way highway? Hit the brakes, but don’t swerve onto oncoming traffic. The worst thing you can do is endanger other drivers and run the risk of a head-on collision. Slowing down gives the deer a chance to see you and react. If you act unpredictably, you might accidentally hit the deer by swerving into the place where the deer tries to escape. Your best bet if you see a deer or other animal on the road is to slow down and behave predictably.
Autumn is also a good time to give your car a tune up and check your brakes and tires. Having your car in good working order means it is more likely that you’ll be able to stop and avoid collisions in time.
Finally, wear your seatbelt and put down your cell phone. Driving in autumn is dangerous enough with increased hazards. Don’t make it more dangerous by texting and driving or using your phone while you are behind the wheel. Be aware that autumn brings its own driving challenges, like damp roads and early darkness. You want to give yourself the best chances possible to avoid a crash.
Have you been involved in a crash involving an animal? Sometimes head on collisions occur when a driver swerves onto oncoming traffic trying to avoid a deer. This can lead to serious injuries or even deaths. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car crash in Minneapolis, Minnesota, consider reaching out to the personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Martin T. Montilino. Our firm can review your accident and help you understand your rights. Visit us at https://www.martinmontilino.com/ to learn more.
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