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Caution For Georgia Drivers - Deer-Related Accidents Peak in the Fall Season

November 06, 2017

Deer-Related Accidents Peak in the Fall Season – What You Should Know from a Georgia Car Accident Attorney

Deer begin to show themselves more and more as we approach the fall season, with deer being most prevalent and visible between October and December each year in Georgia.  It is considered “rutting season” where white-tail deer roam around looking for mates.  During this time, deer-related auto accidents are also on the rise.  While many Georgia residents are familiar with “rutting season” and know to expect more deer running through Georgia streets and highways, many others are not, especially when they live in bigger cities.  As such, it is important for all Georgia drivers to have a good understanding of when deer will be seen the most across Georgia.

Study Reveals County-by-County Analysis of Peak Deer Season and What Drivers Should Know

University of Georgia researchers have conducted a study to determine when deer are most prevalent from one county to the next in Georgia.  The study aims to help those on the roadway know when the greatest risk is of being involved in a deer-related auto accident.  The study pinpoints precise timeframes for drivers to know about. For example, in Clark County, dear are most populous between November 10 and 16.  If drivers in Clark County know to expect more deer during this short time-frame, they can take steps to avoid certain roads where deer are more likely to run into the street without any warning.  Nighttime can be an especially dangerous time as visibility is much lower.

Additionally, the University of Georgia study found that between 2005 and 2012, there were 45,811 reported deer-related accidents from all across Georgia.  Because not all accidents are reported, this number could be significantly higher, and the figure is already very high at nearly 46,000 deer-related accidents in seven years.  Of these deer-related accidents, it is unclear whether injuries were sustained, and how serious the injuries were.  However, one can imagine that a collision with a deer can certainly pose a risk of severe injuries or death to anyone involved.

Use a Map to Find Out When Deer Will Show Up in Your County

Because deer-related collisions can be catastrophic, Georgia drivers should learn as much as they can about where deer are most prevalent, and what particular timeframe between October and December to be on the lookout.  The University of Georgia has compiled a map to go along with its county-by-county study.  The map should help drivers have a greater awareness of when deer-related accidents are most likely to happen.  The map can be found at  While it is not possible to prevent every deer-related accident, the more Georgia drivers know about peak deer season in their area, the more they can take measures to avoid being in a situation where a deer-related accident may happen.

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