Posted On November 2, 2016 In Local Car Accidents
Accident data collected by insurance companies show that Texas drivers are more likely to hit deer in November than any other time of the year. Accidents with wildlife involving other types of animals are even more daunting to motorists. Imagine accidently hitting a large bear or hog! In that case, it’s a good idea to stay in the vehicle and alert the authorities.
When these animals cross the road in front of us, they cause an average of $4,000 in property damage. Collisions with wildlife also cause catastrophic injuries and death. Texas Department of Transportation statistics show there were 24 fatal car accidents involving animals in our state in 2015.
You don’t even have to hit wildlife to be involved in a car accident! A recent crash here in Angelina County involved the driver of a passenger car hitting the brakes to avoid a deer and being struck from behind by a semi-truck. The driver was forced off the road and transported to a nearby hospital.
For Angelina County residents, seeing deer and other wildlife on the roadways is a normal occurrence. It is important that we know how to avoid accidents with these critters. The Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife (TDWD) has some ideas.
Living near forested areas has its perks, but it also has certain risks for motorists. We need to be extra attentive to the fact that we share the road with deer and other animals. When you are driving next month, please stay safe and keep an extra eye out for this common hazard.
The Texas personal injury attorneys at Mike Love & Associates, LLC encourage you to drive safely.