It’s the time of year when you need to be especially cautious on the roadways. Law enforcement officers say they see a drastic increase in wrecks as a result of deer.
Last year alone, close to 25,000 crashes in the state were caused by deer, six were fatalities. In 2009, 468 reported wrecks were noted in Muskingum County. Starting this month, Sergeant Clark Felix says such crashes become more prevalent.
"October through January is really bad. We’re talking probably 100 a month, could be as much as a dozen a day at times," says Sgt. Felix of the Zanesville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Sgt. Felix says that the peak hours for deer crashes are between 5 p.m. and 1 a.m., but to always remain alert.
"Remember that when you see a deer, there’s usually more around. So if you see one, slow down be cautious. If hitting one is probable, you know it’s going to happen, probably the best thing to do is break, stay in your own lane, maintain control of your own vehicle. Because swerving a lot of times could mean more damage or even injury."
If you do hit a deer, call law enforcement immediately so they can remove the animal from the roadway. In addition, most insurance companies require law enforcement to be notified before filing a claim.