Deer Cause up to 74,000 road accidents a year

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Figures last month showed that deer numbers in Great Britain have doubled in the past decade to reach 2 million.

It has been estimated that there were at least 42,000 traffic collisions involving deer last year!  This is a conservative estimate and the actual number could be as high as 74,000 as many incidents go unreported.

Most insurance companies make a record of animal collision meaning that incidents involving deer cannot be recorded as such.

Accidents involving deer are at the highest during May and in the Autumn.

Drivers need to take greater care, particularly in dim light and when it is dark.

Deer are most active during dawn and dusk which clashes with rush hour!  It is also the mating season now so they are a lot more active.

So if you are driving near wooded area or in the forest, be aware!  If you hit a deer it can cause a considerable amount of damage to your car and injury to yourself to which there is no third party  to claim compensation from. 

Kaye Mansbridge

Legal Executive - Personal Injury Team

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