According to theMichigan State Police (MSP), there are nearly 50,000 reported vehicle-deer crashes in the state each year. October, November and December are particularly hazardous months as deer are more active. Most serious crashes occur when drivers swerve to avoid a deer and hit another vehicle, or when their vehicle rolls over.
The MSP advises drivers to stay alert, especially at dawn and dusk; slow down at the sight of one deer as deer often travel in groups; and watch for deer crossing signs. If a crash is unavoidable, don’t swerve and be sure to brake firmly. Motorists are also reminded to buckle up — seat belts are the best defense in the event of a crash.