A deer standing in the roadway caused a fatal motorcycle crash. The motorcyclist hit the deer while driving to work Sunday morning. He was transported to a nearby hospital where he did not survive his injuries. According to police reports, the victim of this motorcycle accident was wearing a helmet and was not speeding.
The likelihood of deer and elk crossing the road are highest at dawn and dusk during the fall in the Tri-Cities area. Unfortunately, dawn and dusk also happen to be when roadways are most congested with workers commuting. The following are some tips to keep you from hitting a deer in the roadway.
How to Avoid a Motorcycle Crash with a Deer
The Insurance Information Institute reported that 1.6 million deer-car collisions happen every year. Of these 200 are fatal and tens of thousands result in serious injuries. Vehicle damages from deer collisions are over $3.6 billion. Avoid and survive car collision or motorcycle accident with deer by using the following tips.
- Be alert and aware of deer at dusk and dawn. These are the most likely periods that deer will be out or near the road. These times happen to also be periods when a driver’s vision is most compromised. Mating season (between October and January) also brings more deer out. To avoid a car accident involving a deer, slow down and stay alert; especially after dark.
- If you see one deer there are probably more. Deer are pack animals. They rarely travel alone. When you see one deer cross the road chances are there are more nearby. Slow down and be on the lookout for more deer that may dart in front of your vehicle.
- Always wear a seat belt. Wearing a seat belt will protect you in the event of a car accident. A seat belt may not prevent a collision with a deer, but it can reduce injuries in most cases. This is especially true if the driver loses control of the vehicle.
- Drive down the center lane when possible to avoid hitting a deer. On a multi-lane road, the center lane is the safest course of travel and your best bet to avoid hitting a deer that may dart out into traffic.
- Never swerve to avoid hitting a deer. Swerving often causes drivers to lose control of the vehicle. In addition, you may end up hitting something much more damaging than a deer. If a deer appears in front of you when driving down the road, stay the course and hit the deer.
- Alert deer by honking! Experts recommend one long blast of the horn to scare deer out of the road.
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Motorcycle accidents are often severe and come with hefty medical bills. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of another driver, contact the lawyers at Parke Gordon Law Firm to handle your case. We are experienced, aggressive and trusted attorneys serving clients in Tri-Cities, Washington and surrounding areas. Call our law office today for a free case review at (509) 582-7274. We can usually tell you over the phone if you have a good case.
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