The Ohio Department of Public Safety reports that in 2016, there were 18,439 deer crashes resulting in five fatalities, 833 injuries and more than 17,000 vehicles damaged on Ohio roads. Almost half of crashes that resulted in injuries (366) and property damage (8,426) occurred during the months of October to December; more crashes occurred in November than any other month, with 4,256 reported crashes in November 2016.
“Deer and other animals are unpredictable and you never know when they might dash out in front of your vehicle. But there are actions you can take to help prevent an accident or reduce the damage from an animal collision,” noted Antrican. “First and foremost, always protect yourself by wearing a seat belt and removing all distractions behind the wheel.”