As deer mating season begins, motorists should be vigilant on the roads as more and more deer are wandering onto highways and busy streets. The Ohio Highway Patrol and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources are urging drivers to be safe especially at dusk and dawn, which are when deer are most active.
While deer are usually the most harmed in these accidents, drivers and passengers are not immune from getting hurt. According to the Plain Dealer, seven drivers died last year and more than 900 were injured in deer-car accidents in the state. Auto repairs totaled more than $70 million.
Last year, Ohio was ranked the highest-risk state for deer-car accidents by State Farm Insurance; one in 132 vehicles were likely to strike a deer. However, Ohio came in 15th for the state with the most collisions with a total of 22,696.
Motorists are not only in danger of colliding with a deer, but also of colliding with any deer that have not been properly removed from roadways after being struck. If you have been injured in an accident because of municipal negligence, you have the right to sue for your related losses. An experienced car accident attorney can help you in your pursuit of compensation.