MN Sees More Deer Collisions In November Compared To Other Months – WCCO
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Most Minnesotans have not less than one story about hitting or nearly hitting a deer whereas driving.
There are extra deer automotive collisions in November than another month.
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Up to now 5 years, there have been over 6,200 deer-related crashes in Minnesota, although an estimated two-thirds go unreported.
“We nonetheless see deaths sadly from deer crashes. We’ve seen 18 within the final 5 years from deer crashes and 15 of these have been motorcyclists,” mentioned Gordon Shank, Public Info Officer for the Minnesota State Patrol.
The ‘Don’t Veer for Deer’ slogan nonetheless rings true. State Patrol says to brake as a lot as you may, however don’t swerve when approaching a deer.
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“We at all times inform individuals search for the silhouettes of the deer,” mentioned Shank. “Search for the eyes as they mirror off of sunshine. They’re usually probably the most busy between six and 9. It’s not only a rural Minnesota factor. We see them within the metro as effectively.”
For those who do hit a deer you may at all times name 911. Finally, insurance coverage shall be a consideration.
“In case you have collision protection, then all it’s important to pay is your deductible and insurance coverage covers the remaining,” mentioned Mark Fulda, the vp of public affairs for the Insurance coverage Federation of Minnesota. Our state is a top-10 state for car-deer crashes.
“Automobile-deer collision claims are a fairly costly proposition in Minnesota,” mentioned Fulda. “We estimate that we pay about $25 million a 12 months in claims.”
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