Deer vs. Cars

by Emily Baird on December 1, 2009 at 4:20 am

More people are running into deer on the roadways.

The Zanesville Post of the State Highway Patrol says troopers have been busy handling an increase in deer-car collisions. It handles anywhere from one to 15 incidents daily.

The start of deer-gun season may be adding to the increase in collisions

"With more people out in the woods and in the farmland, it’s driving the deer, causing them to travel more. Unfortunately, they travel across the highway and they get hit, " says Sergeant Chuck Merryman.

Hitting a deer can leave a huge dent in your vehicle.

"They can do significant damage. I mean, when you can make contact square with an animal that size, you can do enough contact to total a vehicle. It just depends on how you hit it and what kind of speed you’re traveling," says Merryman.

Despite the damage though, Merryman says hitting a deer is sometimes a better option than swerving and losing control of your car.