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More deer-car accidents expected in Michigan this year

November 14, 2012 by Steven M. Gursten

State Farm study says Michigan has the fourth highest number of deer related crashes in the U.S.

Although we’re not huge State Farm fans, today I’d like to reference one of the insurance company’s recent studies, which says that November is the worst month for deer-car accidents.

According to the study, Michigan has the fourth highest amount of deer-car crashes in the entire country. West Virginia comes in first.

Many of these deer car crashes can be deadly. On Monday, a 32-year-old woman from Stanwood was killed after she braked for a deer and was rear ended. And Peter Drescher, of Ann Arbor, was recently killed after he swerved to avoid a deer in the freeway, according to a story on Annarbor.com, Longtime Ann Arbor dentist killed in one-car crash in St. Clair County.

As deer hunting season starts tomorrow (November 15, 2012), I thought it would be a good time to review our safety tips. Here are 6 tips to prevent deer car crashes.

Here’s an article with a great map that shows your likelihood of a collision with a deer.

The State Farm study says that  in Michigan, the odds of hitting a deer in 2012 is 1 in 72. In 2011, the odds were 1 in 83.

Always remember, “Don’t veer for deer.” Most serious accidents occur when drivers try to avoid hitting the deer, and swerving is not the best option.

We send our most sincere condolences to the families of Peter Drescher and the woman from Stanwood.

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