Car Strikes Deer and Nearly Hits Cyclist, Warnings About Deer Season Accidents
MATTHEWS, N.C. — A recording of a bike ride turned into a viral phenomenon — and a stark reminder of how great of a threat deer pose to motorists and others occupying the road in the fall. Deer are much more active in the autumn. Consequently, they will encroach on roadways, making driving, cycling, and even walking, dangerous. Law enforcement officials said that highway patrol officers receive numerous calls about vehicles striking deer and other wildlife from October to January each year according to ajc.com.*
Part of the reason why law enforcement officers respond to more accidents involving deer is that continued development is pushing the animals away from their natural habitat and out toward the road. An unfortunate group of bicycle riders experienced this problem first-hand.
The small group of riders made its way down Forest Lawn Drive in Matthews, North Carolina, when a car driving opposite of the cyclists hit a male deer. The impact violently threw the deer into the air, nearly crashing down on the cyclists. The deer landed just beyond the group.
One of the riders used a video recording device during the ride and captured the entire event. They described it as gruesome. Although no one suffered any injuries, the riders were very disturbed by what they saw. The riders said they were sad for the deer that was killed and then began to replay the scene in their minds, wondering what could have happened. The riders appreciate that they were very lucky. It did not take long for the cyclists to realize that the flying deer could have killed any one of them.
Wildlife management experts say that driving in the morning and evening can expose motorists to danger because that is the time when animals are most active. Drivers must be vigilant and alert, at all times, but especially during these times of the day.
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