Deer are beautiful animals. Thanks to state natural resource departments and regulated hunting throughout the United States, white-tailed deer herds are at all-time highs. And although just about everyone loves watching deer, record deer herds do not register well with everyone. In fact, some people outright despise them.
Deer-auto collisions cost millions of dollars each year. As a result, deer are not very well liked by auto insurance companies, nor the drivers that hit them. They have a whole different idea about deer management. But everyone that buys auto insurance either directly or indirectly pays for deer damage caused to autombiles. When it comes to hitting deer as they cross the road, a driver can lose more than just money.
Many drivers are killed each year after striking animals while on the road. White-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, moose, feral hogs, and even domestic livestock can all cause considerable property damage and even death after animals come crashing through the windshield or cause the driver to lose control of the autmobile and crash again elsewhere. So although deer hunting is big money to hunters and outfitters, it’s also big money to everyone using America’s road system.
The photos below are of a mid-sized SUV after it crashed into white-tailed deer that was crossing the highway. The vehicle was traveling 70 miles per hour as they animal went over the hood, through the windshield, through the interior of the car, and out the back. If there is a lesson to be learned here, it’s slow down when driving through areas inhabited by deer!