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Collisions with deer can be dangerous

Posted On Tue, October 12, 2010

An accident is just one way a motorist can find his or her auto insurance rate on the rise. While many people may assume that a motor vehicle accident has to involve another car, that isn't always the case. During the fall and winter months, there is an increase in animal-related accidents.

The Insurance Information Institute says there are a few additional safety precautions motorists should take. III vice president Loretta Worters notes that it's not just the season, but also the time of day motorists need to take into account.

"Drivers should stay alert and pay particular attention to the sides of the road, especially during the hours just before dusk and just before daylight," says Worters.

Furthermore, animal-related accidents don't just happen on back rounds in rural communities. the III says a number of deer accidents take place on busy highways as well. Due to increased construction and shrinking wooded areas, animals are forced to inhabit new areas.

If a motorist does hit a deer, the Minnesota Department of Transportation recommends moving the deer out of the road if it is dead. As with any accident, the police should be notified of the situation.

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