Oh Deer, It’s That Time of Year (Again)

Delbert Foote, Staff Reporter

Deer are a weird group because unlike humans, deer will look at lights coming at them and think ya, that’s cool, I can still cross the road. The thing is it can happen to humans when there is a car but deer are most likely to do it because of their intelligence.

Humans are affected by lights because of dilation or condensing of pupils. The thing is, we have the capacities to understand the thing making the lights is driving really fast at us. The light of the vehicle does blind a deer and because of this deer do legit have a hard time understanding there is a thing coming at them.

They are scared of being hunted, especially this time of year, and so they are definitely on the move a lot.

I decided to do this article on deer accidents because recently a deer was hit in front of our house. The driver (whose name we are withholding for privacy) seems to have survived the crash but needed immediate medical attention.

During this incident the firefighters were called, not due to a fire but due to a fuel leak. They were also called to help get the victim out of the vehicle, help clean up the aftermath, and also keep the road clear of other drivers. In one incident a speeding driver had to stop and turn around due to the road being blocked off. 

If you were wondering, the deer did not survive but, did land in our yard only about five yards away from the car.

Thinking about what had occurred, I wondered to myself, “how many car accidents are caused by deer in the USA?” It seems that car vs. deer accidents happen pretty rarely in the USA. According to the Insurance Information Institute, on their Fact + Statistic Deer Vehicle Collision page, the average American driver has roughly a 1 in 50 chance of a deer jumping out in front of their car and causing damage (depending on what state you live in).

Though fairly rare (if you aren’t an insurance agent) it seems that it’s the most common car incident with road kills. I won’t be bringing anything else up about animals on the road, only deer. Deer are big and usually are in small groups or herds. So it makes sense that deer are most affected but it seems that, the smaller the animal and faster they are, the more likely they will survive crossing paths with nature’s most dangerous predator, a speeding metal brick with rubber tires.

“It’s called a car,” I told the deer. Strangely, it wasn’t listening.