Four Injured in New Jersey Car Accident Caused by Deer
Four people were injured in a car crash involving three vehicles and a deer on Interstate 80. The Express-Times reports that the driver of the first vehicle was heading westbound when it struck a deer. The vehicle stopped in the center lane and was struck by a second vehicle. The first vehicle was forced into a third vehicle.
Two people in the first vehicle complained of back or neck pain and were taken to a regional hospital. A passenger in the first vehicle was taken to a local hospital with chest and hip pain. The driver of the second vehicle suffered cuts to his face and a possible broken ankle. None of the injuries were life threatening, according to the police.
How Frequent are Deer-Vehicle Collisions?
October, November, and December are deer migration and mating season, which means more deer versus vehicle collisions take place during these fall months since the deer population is active. State Farm Insurance states that while the number of miles driven by U.S. motorists over the past five years has increased just two percent, the number of deer versus vehicle collisions nationwide has grown by 10 times. State Farm estimated that 2.3 million collisions between deer and vehicles occurred between 2008 and 2010, which is 21.1 percent more than five years earlier.
Avoiding Deer-Related Crashes
There are several steps you can take to avoid these types of crashes, which in addition to damage to your vehicle can also result in serious injuries or even fatalities. Here are a few safety tips:
- Take notice of deer crossing areas and exercise caution.
- Deer are most active between 6 and 9 p.m.
- Deer travel in herds. So if you spot one, there is a strong chance that others will follow.
- Use high beam headlights at night.
- Don’t rely on car-mounted deer whistles.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash caused by someone else’s negligence, please contact an experienced New Jersey auto accident lawyer who will fight for your rights and protect your best interests.
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