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Alabama drivers asked to pay attention to avoid deer collisions

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Alabama drivers are getting a costly reminder to pay attention while on the roads. Nearly 29,000 Alabama drivers collided with a deer between July 2015 and July 2016. The average cost of an insurance claim? It’s very expensive. The national average for a claim is $3,995!    

State Farm estimates 1 in 135 Alabama drivers will hit a deer this year. While that number may sound surprising, it’s actually down by 1.5% compared to the previous year. However, it is higher than the national odds of 1 in 164.

State Farm spokesman Roszell Gadson says, drivers have a higher chance of striking a deer around dawn and dusk and during the fall breeding season. Gadson reveals most accidents involving deer are reported in November followed by October and December.  

So, what can drivers do to prevent a costly collision with a deer? State Farm offers these tips:

  • Pay attention to deer crossing signs.
  • Always buckle up, every trip, every time.
  • Use your high beams, when possible, to see further.
  • Brake if you can, but avoid swerving, which could result in a more severe crash.
  • Remain focused on the road, scanning for hazards, including animals.
  • Avoid distractions, like devices or eating, which might cause you to miss seeing an animal.
  • Do not rely on products such as deer whistles, which are not proven effective.
  • If riding a motorcycle, always wear protective gear and keep focus on the road ahead.

Approximately 191 deaths were reported in 2013 after drivers struck animals (mostly deer). For more safety tips, check out these
links with the Insurance Information Institute and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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