Accidental collisions involving large animals such as deer draw the most attention, but other accidents regularly occur as drivers swerve to avoid smaller animals such as squirrels, raccoons and even dogs and cats.
Tips to reduce the likelihood of an accident:
- Where there is one deer, there are likely others. If you see an animal crossing the road, slow down and remain alert for more.
- Be particularly alert for wildlife on roads at dawn and at dusk.
- Most animal-vehicle collisions occur on two-lane roads bordered by natural habitat. Be cautious in these areas.
- Do not toss trash out of car windows. Beyond polluting the environment, trash attracts wildlife to the roads and therefore leads to an increase in collisions.