Advice about deer on the road and how to avoid a car accident
Obviously, a deer on the road is something that is less likely than many other hazards to watch out for in order to avoid a West Dunbartonshire car accident. Deer are more likely to be seen on the road in the country, near forests and woods and even possibly near the motorway. If you live in a city then you are far less likely to be involved in a West Dunbartonshire car accident involving a deer. However, it is worthwhile knowing what to do if you do come across a deer on the road, and have some idea of what will happen if a deer crosses your path.
- Know the statistics. Over 50% of collisions with deer happen on motorways, and 48% on A roads. These faster roads are prime for accidents anyway, and with the added possibility of deer running onto the road you should always keep your wits about you.
- Be extra careful in May, October and November. You are more likely to hit a deer during these months, statistically, as there are more deer around. You should also be aware that these accidents happen most often at night.
- Look for signs. Where deer are more likely to be crossing there are often signs to warn drivers. Be extra vigilant if you see one of these signs.
- Dip your lights. If you see a deer, dip your lights, as full beam headlights can cause a deer to freeze in fear, making it more likely that you will hit it.
- Don’t try to swerve out of the way. It may seem crazy not to try to get out of the path of a deer, but it is up to the animal to move out of the way. If you swerve suddenly then you risk hitting another car or losing control instead.
- Try to stop somewhere safe if you do hit a deer. You need to inform someone so that the accident can be dealt with before it causes further problems, and you need to be out of the way for your own safety.
Making a West Dunbartonshire car accident claim
If you have a West Dunbartonshire car accident involving a deer, but do not hit the deer and then hit another car, you may still be liable to pay compensation to the other driver for their injuries. However, if you are hit by another car which is driving negligently, and can prove that your West Dunbartonshire car accident was not your fault, then you may still be able to claim compensation for what happened to you.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to speak to the team about your accident, and find out whether or not you have a good case for compensation. If you do, your claim can be handled by professional personal injury lawyers, who make it much more likely that your claim will be successful.
Date Published: 15th June 2014
Author: David Brown