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It’s the Time of Year to Watch for Deer!

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Did you know that in Michigan, in the months of October and November, one in three traffic accidents is caused by a collision with a deer?


It’s true, according to 2017 Michigan State Police data.


This kind of alarming statistic is important to know. Why? So you can help ensure your safety on the road simply by being extra vigilant about watching for deer, especially at this time of year.


Here are some other Michigan 2017 deer-vehicle crash stats to take in:


•  There were nearly 51,000 collisions involving deer, and over 3,000 more caused by drivers trying to avoid collision with a deer


•  One in six traffic accidents overall involved collision with a deer


•  These stats vary based on county, with more populated counties generally having fewer deer-vehicle accidents per capita


•  Deer accidents are most likely to happen in the morning – 6 a.m. – 8 a.m.


•  More than 60% of deer-vehicle crashes happen on local or county roads


•  2017 had nearly 10% more deer-vehicle crashes than 2016; overall, Michigan’s deer herd is increasing as well


See “8 things to know about Michigan deer-vehicle crashes” for even more information, including statistics by county, an interactive map and more.




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