NJ Distracted Driving Facts, Part 2: Wildlife On The Road
By Andrew R. Bronsnick
We’ve discussed the dangers of distracted driving in New Jersey. And to compound that risk is the newly released information that collisions with deer and other wildlife (like elk, moose or caribou) continue to be high on a national level. The Fall, especially October through December, is a high-risk time for collisions due to deer mating season.
Two major insurance companies recently released noteworthy data about collisions with wildlife.
In addition to pedestrian safety tips and distracted driving, some tips for avoiding animal crashes include:
- If you see one deer, be prepared for more deer to cross the road.
- Brake if you can, but avoid swerving. This can result in a more severe crash.
- Avoid distractions. Devices or eating might cause you to miss seeing an animal.
- Do not rely on products such as deer whistles. They are not proven effective.
- Use your high beams to see farther, except when there is oncoming traffic.
- Time of day is critical. Deer are generally more active during dawn and dusk hours, so pay attention to your surroundings and stay alert.
- Stay away from the animal. A frightened, wounded deer could cause harm with its powerful legs and sharp hooves.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of wildlife injury in New Jersey, you need an experienced lawyer to communicate with the insurance companies, investigate the cause of the incident, obtain videos and cell phone records, identify witnesses, prove who was at fault and properly evaluate and present your injuries to ensure you receive maximum compensation.