State Police say car-deer accidents are increasing
Drivers urged not to swerve if deer enters roadway
Press Release, State Police
Every October and November, State Troopers handle an increased number of vehicles collisions striking deer in Troop A – Western New York. Operators should use caution around dusk and dawn.
If you are operating a vehicle and a deer enters the roadway do not swerve. When an operator swerves to avoid a deer, the vehicle is more likely to strike another vehicle or exit the roadway striking trees or utility poles.
If you strike a deer, remain at the scene and call 911. An accident report can be completed by Troopers if your vehicle has over $1,000 in damage or if an involved person has been injured.
State Police Troop A stats for car/deer collisions include:
September 2017: 83 collisions
October 2017: 181 collisions
November 2017: 314 collisions
2017 total collisions: 1,412
September 2018: 103 collisions
October 2018: 187 collisions
November 2018: 270 collisions
2018 total collisions: 1,523