It is a fear of many who drive at night: coming across an seemingly innocent deer on the side of the road that happens to jut out right in front of you as you pass by, causing a serious accident. Even though many of us have probably not had to deal with the dangers, stresses, and hassles of hitting a deer while driving a car, it is something that can cause motorists a serious headache—or worse.
Most often, accidents involving animals are not fatal for the humans involved. However, when the accident involves a large animal like a deer, it is possible that the accident can result in serious injury or death. It is for this reason that the Tennessee Highway Patrol recently issued a warning to motorists about the presence of deer in the fall months.
According to a report by one local news source, deer accidents are more common than most of us may think. Indeed, in Tennessee alone there were over 6,100 deer-related accidents in 2013. Of those, 230 resulted in some kind of serious injury, and two resulted in at least one death. Also interesting is the fact that since 2009, deer-related crashes have increased by over 15%. Perhaps this is a function of increased human development at the expense of the animals’ natural habitat.