Georgia State Patrol Warns Drivers About the Increase in Deer Strikes
MOULTRIE, GEORGIA - A traffic accident news story published on moultrieobserver.com states that drivers are being warned to watch out for deer on roadways.
Deer season is approaching, and law enforcement officials are reporting that there has been an increase in deer-related motor vehicle accidents within Colquitt County and other parts of Georgia.
According to Georgia State Patrol Sergeant First Class John VanLandingham, the Post 12 commander, the agency has noticed an uptick in the number of motor vehicle versus deer crashes in the past few weeks. Last weekend in Colquitt County, there was two separate motor vehicle versus deer accidents.
In the first collision, a 26-year-old driver driving a Ram pickup truck was heading westbound on Funston-Doerun Road when a deer jumped out into the road, and the pickup struck the vehicle, according to the Colquitt County Sheriff's Office crash report. The pickup truck sustained damage to the front and left fender.
A couple of days later, there was another deer strike crash. A 68-year-woman was driving her Kia Soul northbound along County Line Road when she struck a deer with the driver-side front fender. The Colquitt County Sheriff's Office accident report stated that the deer caused damage to the driver side.
Georgia State Patrol's Sergeant First Class VanLandingham explained how drivers need to be watchful while driving. Sergeant First Class VanLandingham stated that drivers should use extreme caution while driving at dusk or dawn since deer generally tend to start moving at those times.
VanLandingham stated that people should contact 911 immediately after a crash so a deputy or trooper can conduct an investigation. He also warned that drivers need to refrain from swerving off the road. Also, when driving in an area where are a lot of deer, drivers should slow down. He also stated that sometimes driver's reactions to seeing deer could affect the outcome. Drivers should also be careful concerning their speed. VanLandingham also stated that if a deer is on the road ahead, apply your brakes.
Drivers should also contact their auto insurance agency to report the deer collision as soon as possible. Experts believe it's better not to try to avoid hitting the animal. Also, it is important to get a copy of the accident report and report the accident to their auto insurance agent because they need to report the claim and tell them what happened. Drivers are also required to obtain a police report should the deer accident involve more than one motor vehicle. The best advice for drivers is to slow down and watch for animals near the road.
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