Crashes Caused by Deers Increasing in North Carolina
NC - FAYOBSERVER.COM cautions drivers that crashes involving deer and other animals are increasing significantly in North Carolina.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation reported 2,300 more animal-related collisions in 2019 than the previous year. Population increases are part of the reason for the rise in animal-related collisions. Statistically, more animal crashes take place in the fall in early winter. In 2019, animals on the roadway led to five fatalities in North Carolina.
Additionally, more than 2,800 individuals sustained injuries in these collisions. Deer are involved in 90 percent of crashes reported. Over the last three years, these collisions have led to millions in property damage. Deer can cause significant damage to vehicles, and estimates for average repairs to a car following a crash of the deer run anywhere from $1,200 to $6000. More animal collisions took place in Wake County than in the rest of the state.
Animal-related crashes in that area had increased in recent years. Officials in North Carolina are hoping to reduce the number of collisions in the state, including those that occur on Interstate 95. Reports suggest that the majority of these collisions take place in the evening, especially between six in the evening and midnight. There is an increase in risks related to deer involved collisions following the fall daylight savings time shift. More people are on the road after dark when commuting home from work following the shift in time.
The Department of Transportation states that drivers can reduce their risks of being involved in deer-related crashes by providing a safe distance between their vehicle and another car, slowing down - especially in areas that are heavily wooded, or where deer crossing signs are posted. They are also seen near bridges, overpasses, streams, ditches, and railroad tracks. Using high beams when it is possible can help drivers identify the eyes of animals near the road. It is important to remember that deer travel in groups, which means that if you see one deer, expect there to be more. Wearing a seat belt can help reduce the risk of deer crash-related injuries.
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