What Do I Do After I Hit a Deer?
We are getting into that time of year where deer are a constant threat on the road. They are a dangerous threat to drivers, especially at night. Even the most cautious drivers can run into an animal on the road. Sometimes, a deer collision is unavoidable. So, what should you do after you hit a deer?
Make Sure Nobody Is Injured
Hitting a deer can sometimes cause severe injury to you and passengers in your car. It is important to get help for any injured people before doing anything else.
Move Your Vehicle to a Safe Place
Pull your car to the side of the road and out of traffic. Once you do, turn on your hazard lights. This will let you get out of the car to fully assess the damage without being in harms way. This will also alert other drivers to be aware of you on the side of the road.
Call the Police
If there is a dead deer blocking traffic, it could be a threat to other drivers on the road. Call your local law enforcement agency and notify them of the situation. If you can safely move the deer out of traffic, go ahead and do so. But, do not tag or remove the deer from the area. If you cannot move the deer safely, do not attempt to.
Take pictures of the road, your surroundings, and the damage to your vehicle. This will help you later when filing an insurance claim.
Do Not Touch the Animal if You Can Avoid It
We did state earlier that if the deer is blocking traffic and you can safely move it, it is okay to do so. However, if the deer is still alive and wounded, it could hurt you or someone else. Do not touch the deer if you do not need to immediately move it off the road for safety.
Contact Your Insurance Company
If your vehicle has damage and you wish for it to be repaired, you will need to file an insurance claim.
Don’t Leave Immediately
Take a good look at your vehicle. Look for loose parts, broken lights, and other serious damage to your vehicle. Drive away slowly and listen for unusual noises or movement of your car.
Repair Your Ride
If you’ve been in a deer collision, come visit Scholfield Hatchett Collision Center. We offer free estimates and can get you back on the road.