Collisions Involving Deer Historically Rise in November

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Release by Milford Police Department

The Milford Police Department wishes to remind residents and visitors that November brings about the seasonal mating season for Deer and collisions involving deer historically rise throughout the state during this time. During this time, the male deer “chase” female deer for miles. The “chase many times leads to deer, sometimes in small herds, galloping and jumping into roadways and highways

With the clocks moving back an hour, many commuters and residents will travel to and from work during the pre-dawn and after sunset hours. This is a prime time for deer to cross roadways and highways especially in some of the more remote and wooded sections of the City.

Motorists are urged to use caution in low light conditions and use peripheral vision to look for movement and/or objects along the roadside. Deer often jump into the roadway unexpectedly, leaving little time for evasive action!

IF YOU ARE INVOLVED IN A COLLISION:

If you are involved in a collision involving a deer, DO NOT exit your vehicle and approach the animal. While they are not normally aggressive toward humans, a wounded or frightened animal can be dangerous.

Pull your vehicle out of the travel lane and activate your hazard lights. Shut the engine off until the damage can be examined, making sure your vehicle is not leaking coolant or loose parts are contacting the tires or ground. Remain calm and call the Milford Police at (302) 422-8081 or dial 911. Advise the dispatcher of any injuries, the location of the collision, and the location of of the injured animal. If unsure of the address, look for a landmark such as a business or road sign. While waiting for the police, collect your license, registration, and insurance information.

If you feel uncomfortable about stopping in the immediate area of the collision, it is lawful to drive a short distance to a well lighted or populated area. Again, use caution as there may be damage rendering your vehicle unsafe.

The Milford Police Department responds to numerous collisions involving animals each year. In most cases, the damage is slight to moderate however the responding officer will examine your vehicle and offer advice regarding the damage and further operation of your vehicle. If needed, the officer will contact a tow company. A detailed report will be completed and you will be provided with the information you need to file a claim with your insurance company. While many motorists do not report deer collisions, most insurance companies will require a report as part of your claim. Reports made at the time of the collision are generally better accepted than reports made days after the collision.