According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, there are more than 1.2 million white-tailed deer throughout our state. Although deer contribute to the ecosystem in a positive way and bring in more than $800 million annually by way of hunting fees and sporting good sales, they also pose serious hazards to motorists.
The aftermath of colliding with a deer is often devastating, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that the average cost of an animal-strike claim is more than $2,500 in vehicle repairs alone. In most animal collision cases, no one is at fault for the accident, which means it can be hard to recover damages.
If you sustained serious injuries in a collision with a deer, it is still worth exploring all of your options. For example, if your airbag malfunctioned during the crash, you may still be able to pursue compensation from the vehicle manufacturer.
Turn to a car accident attorney from The Finnell Firm to assess your case and determine if you have a valid claim. Call 866-464-4017 to schedule an initial consultation with a Rome accident lawyer.
Read on to learn five tips to help you avoid accidents with wildlife:
1. Heed All Wildlife Signs
Deer may wander anywhere throughout the state of Georgia, but if you are driving and you spot signs warning you of deer crossing, you can trust deer are especially active in the area.
2. Do Not Speed
The speed at which you hit a deer will directly impact how severe the damage is, and higher speeds tend to result in more damage. Abide by the posted speed limit at all times, and avoid speeding in areas where deer are more active.
3. Scan Your Surroundings
You should always be scanning your surroundings when you drive, and it is critical that you are especially vigilant in areas with a high deer population. Ask your passengers to alert you if they see any deer. Make sure you watch both sides of the road for darting deer.
4. Slow Down at Night
When driving at night, reduce your speed and turn on your high beams. Your high beams may allow you to see a deer sooner, but it is your speed that will ultimately determine how quickly you can stop.
5. Take a Cue from Other Motorists
If you notice the vehicles ahead of you swerving or slowing down, it may because darting deer are just ahead, and the motorists are responding accordingly. Take a cue from other motorists and slow down if you spot anyone driving strangely.
You should also leave plenty of distance between you and the car ahead of you. You may not see a deer jump out, but if the motorist ahead of you does, you will need space to stop.
If you collided with another vehicle because of a darting deer, talk to an accident lawyer about your situation. You may be able to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages.
Call 866-464-4017 to schedule a free consultation with a Rome car accident attorney today. You can learn more about personal injury claims in Georgia by visiting USAttorneys.com.