What to Do If You Hit a Deer

Winter season is fast approaching, which means one thing (other than colder months and holidays). Rut season is here. No, that's probably not the first thing you were thinking of, and many drivers around Lafayette don't until it hits them in the face. Or in most cases, their car.

Rut season runs from October through December and represents the time when drivers are more likely to see wild deer on the roadways. While deer are no doubt majestic and adorable, it's a good idea not to get to know them too well with the front end of your car.

Unfortunately, accidents do happen. So, if you find yourself in a situation where you have hit a deer, it's important not to panic. There are several steps you need to take to ensure your safety and the safety of anyone traveling with you.

1.) Slow Down and Pull Over onto the Shoulder

Now that the collision has already occurred, the next thing you must do is get out of the way. Even if you think your vehicle is still drivable, the presence of the animal is still a hazard to any other West Lafayette motorist on the road. Pull your vehicle over as far as you can and activate your emergency lights.

2.) Call the Police

Treat your collision with the deer as you would any other auto accident around Crawfordsville. Local law enforcement can remove the animal from the road, and you need to consider the fact that other motorists could just as easily hit the deer if you don't report it.

3.) Remain in Your Car if Possible

As you wait for help to arrive, the best possible course of action is to stay in your vehicle. You can't predict when another motorist will come up behind you, and if a secondary accident does occur, you'll be better protected.

If you do find yourself in this situation, you can confidently bring your vehicle to the collision center at DeFOUW Automotive.

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