Deer-Car Accident in St. Louis Risks Drastically Increase Through Remainder of Year

Deer-Car Accident in St. Louis Risks Drastically Increase Through Remainder of Year

A recent deer-car accident in Hannibal injured another motorist. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the 18-year-old driver was heading west on Paris Gravel Road when he spotted a deer, swerved to avoid contact and was sent off the left side of the road. The vehicle ran over a road sign, was thrown into a ditch, flipped over and came to rest upside down, according to the Quincy Herald-Whig.

Both the Hannibal Rural Fire Department and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office reported to the scene of the accident. The driver was transported to Hannibal Regional Hospital.

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Our St. Louis car accident attorneys would like to point out that it’s the beginning of the most dangerous time on our roadways for deer-related car accidents. According to State Farm, animal-related accidents (mostly deer) accounted for more than 1 million accident reports from July of 2010 to June of 2011.

These accidents are hurting drivers in more ways than one — they often seriously injure motorists and cause costly damage to vehicles. The insurance provider reports that this type of accident typically costs about $3,000. Injury accidents can be much more serious and may even be fatal, particularly in cases when an accident occurs as a vehicles is attempting to swerve to miss a deer.

October to November see the most deer strikes each year — the next six weeks are deadliest.

According to the Insurance Information Institute, these types of accidents cost approximately $4.5 billion in 2009. Nearly $4 billion went to repair vehicle-related damage while the other $1 billion was handed over to pay for medical treatments and other out-of-pocket costs.

“Almost all of the damage is front-end related, mostly radiators, grills, hoods, front fenders,” said Current River Ford manager Chuck Aldrich.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that there were nearly 3,500 car-deer accidents reported in 2010. In these accidents, two people were killed and nearly 400 were injured.

Because recent traffic trends suggest we’ll see an increased number of these accidents in the upcoming months, Missouri state troopers would like to urge drivers to be on the lookout for deer on our roadways, especially during dawn and dusk.

According to state data, there was a steep increase in the number of deer-related accidents in October, November and December of 2010. In these three months, there were nearly 2,000 accidents. Only about 1,600 were reported from January from September of the same year.

Missouri was recently ranked as the 19th most dangerous state in the U.S. for deer-car accidents, according to ABC 8.

To avoid a car accident with a deer:

-Be extra cautious when driving when it’s dark out. A majority of these accidents occur during dawn and dusk.

-Be careful if you see a deer by the roadway as they’re likely to travel in groups.

-Drive slow enough so that you’d be able to stop or safely avoid an accident with a deer.

-Never swerve into other lanes of traffic if you come in close contact with a deer.

-Keep your headlights on to make deer more visible, especially with the reflection of the light in their eyes. Use your high beams when no other vehicles are near.

Additional Resources:

Missouri officials to drivers: Be on alert for deer, by Brandi Hunter, ABC 8

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