BUFFALO, N.Y. – It was just before dusk on Sunday afternoon. I was walking around the house when something caught my eye outside, across the street in the snowy trees.
I stopped what I was doing and peered out the window through the snow flurry to try to figure out who – or what – was rustling around in the woods. By the time I realized what it was, he jumped out of the trees onto the busy street.
Screeching tires, a blaring car horn and the crunching of metal is all I heard next.
It’s that time of year again; and I’m not just talking about the holidays. It’s deer season; and I don’t mean hunting.
In my story, it was nearly the worst-case scenario: the deer escaped the crash and Prancer made it safely across the street to my apple tree in the back yard. The two drivers that nearly struck the 6-point buck scraped each other’s vehicles. Luckily, the collision was a minor sideswipe and neither driver was hurt but a Buffalo car accident attorney at Cellino & Barnes says animals are linked to hundreds of deer-car crashes each winter.
“Deer are very common this time of year in Buffalo,” car accident lawyer Steve Barnes said. “When they suddenly move into the roadway, a driver may not expect it and they often swerve to avoid hitting the animal but this action often causes an even worse collision.”
Although the data is still being collected for the fall and winter of 2016, there’s evidence to suggest this will be a bad winter for drivers and deer. According to new statistics from State Farm, New Yorkers have a 1 in 161 chance of hitting a deer and filing a claim. Unfortunately, with millions of motorists, and the majority of the population living downstate (where there are fewer deer), these statistics may be skewed for upstate and Western New York drivers.
Pennsylvania’s data may be a more reasonable comparison for non-city drivers. In the Keystone State, 1 in every 67 motorists will file a claim after hitting a deer – third highest chance in the nation.
The likelihood of running into Bambi on the roadway more than doubles in the last three months of the year: October, November and December during the animal’s mating season. Add snowfall to the mix and it makes this time of year extremely dangerous.
Not only are deer searching for a mate this time of year – they’re also looking for food buried under the snow, so they’re constantly on the move.
“All the factors are lined-up this time of year,” Barnes said. “The roads are icy; it gets darker earlier; and deer can jump out into the road at any second. Drivers must be alert at all times.”
In rural areas, deer collisions may account for nearly half of all motor vehicle accidents this time of year. Buffalo car accident attorneys say it is important for drivers to maintain control of their vehicles at all costs: the last thing anyone wants is to cause a crash with another vehicle or a pedestrian.
If you’ve been injured in a car crash, the Buffalo car accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes can help you get the best result possible from your claim. Contact an experienced attorney in Buffalo today for a free consultation.
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