David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, wants to warn drivers in New York that deer-vehicle collisions increase in the months October through December. The greatest number of accidents occurs in the two hours before sunrise and after sunset each day, according to the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT 2013).
“Drivers should look for the warning signs posted on roads where moose and deer are more likely to be,” said Perecman.
Fall is the peak breeding time for both deer and moose and, during this time, the animals are far less cautious than usual. The NYSDOT estimated that 60,000 to 70,000 deer-vehicle collisions occur throughout New York State annually.
Accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm, as well as the NYSDOT recommend that drivers do the following to help avoid collision with a deer or moose.
- Reduce speed and watch for animals on or near the road
- Use caution when driving at dawn or dusk
- Reduce speed at night and, when possible, use high beams
- Be sure all passengers are wearing seat belts
- Reduce speed when approaching animals near the roadside, because they have been known to run into the road unexpectedly
- Watch for the “leaping stag” or moose signs and use greater caution when passing through
- Brake firmly but do not swerve if a deer runs in front of your vehicle
“Drivers who swerve to avoid an animal may hit another vehicle or cause their car to strike a pedestrian or a fixed object, such as a tree,” said Perecman.
Drivers who hit a pedestrian or another vehicle after swerving to avoid a moose or deer, may be responsible for the auto accident. Those who were hit, or their families, should consider filing a personal injury lawsuit or wrongful death lawsuit to collect the compensation they deserve for the injuries or deaths caused.
If you or a loved one is injured in an auto accident, contact the auto accident attorneys at The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.