If you live in Ohio, now is a great time to remember the fact that it’s deer season. Although North Canton is a city, it has plenty of rural roads. Animals on the roads are very common — especially deer.
Deer-related accidents can, and do, take lives and cause serious injuries every year. In 2019, there were over 19,000 deer-related collisions. The majority happened in October, November and December.
This fall, remember that deer are likely to be out and around the roads during the dawn hours and in the evening. If you do see a deer on the side of the road, it is likely that there are others as well. Never assume the danger is passed because you’ve successfully evaded a lone animal.
The best method for moving past them is to slow down and stay in your lane. Don’t swerve out of your lane — even if you have to hit the animal instead. If you veer into another lane, you can end up in a head-on collision with another driver. Those can easily be much more serious than hitting a deer.
If you do end up hitting one of the animals or get into a crash because of one, then try to pull to the side of the road. Turn on your hazard lights, call 911 and wait for help to come.
If you’re struck by another driver who swerves to avoid deer in the road, remember that they may still be held liable for your injuries. Deer season happens every year, so drivers need to be aware that they could be present. They should slow down and be prepared to stop if and when necessary, giving everyone around them enough time to do the same safely.