With the start of Pennsylvania’s buck season on Monday, deer will be even more active oin the woods and on the roadways, and the state Game Commission and PennDOT are both advising motorists to be extremely cautious. This weekend, hunters will take to the woods to prepare their hunting camps and clear their deer stands.
According to the annual compilation by State Farm Insurance, Pennsylvania had the most crashes involving deer in the nation last year, an increase of nine percent from the year before. There were 115,751 deer crashes in our state. While that was the most in the nation, the odds of a car versus deer collision based on the number of drivers places Pennsylvania fifth in the nation, with a 1 in 76 chance that a motorist will hit a deer. West Virginia was first, with drivers there facing odds of 1 in 40. Nationwide, the chances of hitting a deer are 1 in 171.
State police and PennDOT say the best thing to do when a deer runs out in front of you is to use your brakes only, and do NOT swerve. Hitting the deer, they say, is better than hitting a tree or another car.