LANSING, Mich. (WILX) — If you’ve noticed more road deaths recently, you’re not alone. There has been an increase in the number of deer-related collisions in Michigan.
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In 2021, more than 1,400 people were injured and 10 people died in car-deer crashes according to Michigan State Police. Six of those who died were driving motorcycles, while the other deaths involved cars.
Michigan motorists report more than 50,000 car crashes a year, Michigan State Police said.
The Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) has given the following tips to avoid an accident:
- Stay aware, awake and sober.
- Collisions between vehicles and deer occur year-round, but are particularly alert in the spring and fall.
- Signs are placed in known deer crossing areas to alert you to the possible presence of deer.
- Deer are herd animals and frequently travel in single file. If you see a deer crossing the road, chances are there are more waiting.
- Be alert for deer, especially at dawn and dusk. If you see one, slow down.
- Don’t rely on gadgets, flash your high beam headlights, or sound your horn to deter deer.
If a crash is unavoidable:
- Don’t stray. Brake firmly, hold the steering wheel and bring your vehicle to a controlled stop.
- Pull off the road, use your emergency flashers, and watch for other vehicles if you get out of your vehicle.
- Report the accident to the nearest police department and your insurance company.
OHSP also reminds drivers to buckle up because seat belts are the best defense in the event of an accident.
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