Fall has finally arrived in Pennsylvania. As everyone gears up for the holidays and prepares their vehicles for winter weather, it is also an excellent time to remember that this is deer season. They always begin moving well before the actual arrival of gun season, and crossing the highways in rural areas is one of their favorite movements. Headlights and other types of illumination attract deer like a magnet. All drivers need to remember that the animals will be out of their bedding areas more than usual in the next few months. Here are a few reminders for motorists during the fall and winter seasons:
Time of day matters
Studies of motor vehicle accidents involving animal collisions have shown that they typically move most often during the morning and evening commute hours. A majority of accidents happen during the morning rush hour. Many incidents occur between 6:00 and 9:00 P.M. as well.
ABS and bright lights can help
Motorists who have automatic braking systems or additional vehicle lighting tend to have more protection than those who do not. Pedestrian warning system installation can help, but nothing works as well as traditional enhanced headlights with an extended lighting distance.
Reduce speed during dark hours
Speed limit postings are not made with deer in mind. They are evaluated based on maximum speed when going through a curve in the highway or if the section is a straight section of road. Drivers cannot always see a deer early enough to avoid a collision, and deer can easily cause motor vehicle accidents.
November is typically the time of year when most motor vehicle accidents involving deer occur, but they move throughout the winter. All Pennsylvania drivers should stay alert when driving after dark in the fall and winter, especially at dusk and dawn. If you are in an accident because someone swerved to avoid a deer, a personal injury attorney can help you explore your options.