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North Carolina Deer and Car Collisions Increase in October

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The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has released a statement to drivers regarding the danger of deer on the road during the fall months - especially in October. With the advent of mating season and increased movement of deer in groups during autumn months, drivers should expect more deer in the road. This, in turn, equals more collisions.

According to the press release, deer are the cause of 90 percent of wildlife collisions in North Carolina; an estimated 20,000 animal-car collisions are reported across the state each year. In the last three years, these wildlife car accidents have led to 17 deaths, 3,400 serious injuries, and millions of dollars in property damage.

NCDOT warns that the animals are most active during dusk (around 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the evening) and also during early morning hours. During these times, it can be difficult for both prey and vehicles to spot the deer due to low visibility.

What should you do if you see a deer in the road? NCDOT warns drivers to slow down, look for more than one animal, and honk your horn. If you do not have time to avoid the deer, it is better to strike the animal than to suddenly swerve your vehicle into another lane or off the road.

Have you been involved in a North Carolina car wreck that involved wildlife and believe that the accident could have been avoided if not for a person's carelessness or negligence? Contact the Raleigh personal injury attorneys at Brent Adams & Associates today for more information about your case.

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