You are going to want to be extra careful over the next couple of weeks when you are on the road.

Deer all across New York are going to be more active and during Rut season, you could a major increase in the amount of deer running across roadways.

Deer/Car accidents are one of the most deadly interactions between people and animals in the state. In fact, due to the amount of accidents, Whitetail deer are considered the most dangerous animals in the state.

According to the website, November 7th through the 14th will be prime Deer rut season here in New York and that could make it the most dangerous time to drive due to the amount of deer running around.

According to the New York State Department of Transportation, there are anywhere between 50,000 and 60,000 accidents involving deer and vehicles.


Deer are most active in New York between October and December.


Most accidents involving deer are near dusk and dawn. This is when deer are most active looking for food. They also usually travel in groups, so if you see one, most likely more are around the area.


There are some ways you can lower your chance of a deer/car collision.

Pay Attention - When driving make sure you are aware of the surrounding areas, especially if you are near wooded areas.

Drive in the Center Lane - If there are multiple lanes, try to drive in the lane farthest from the side of the road. This will give you more time to react if a deer jumps out.

Use high beams if possible - If you are driving when it is dark and no one else is on the road, make sure to use your high beams. It will give you more awareness of deer.

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If you do end up hitting a deer with your car, there are several things you should do.

Call 911 - Let the dispatcher know you hit a deer and report any injuries or damage

Do Not Approach the Deer - If the deer is injured, it most likely will be scared and if you approach it, it could end up injuring up by running and jumping

Move Your Car - If possible, move your car to the side of the road and put on your hazards as you wait for first responders to show up.

Annually over 1.5 million accidents in the United States are caused by deer. If you hit a deer make sure to report it and contact your insurance company if there is any damage to your car.

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