Deer crashes highest in November

A collision can damage or destroy your vehicle


RICHMOND – Deer-related crashes occur most often during the month of November in Virginia, according to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

Deer mating season is underway, which means deer are more active, according to AAA.

DMV records show that 5,589 crashes happened in the commonwealth in 2016, resulting in 560 injuries.

November saw the most crashes with 1,433, which resulted in 108 injuries.

If you are involved in a crash, AAA recommends that you call police, avoid making contact with the animal, turn on your car's hazard lights and move to a safe location if possible.

The organization says you should also contact your insurance company as quickly as possible to report any damage, as a collision with a deer is covered under your comprehensive insurance policy.

To prevent a crash, AAA recommends that you pay attention to road signs, use high beams with there is no oncoming traffic, slow down and always wear a seatbelt.

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