What are you supposed to do after hitting a deer with your car?

UPDATED: Jul 10, 2017

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Asked July 10, 2017

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If by any chance you hit a deer while driving :

  • Immediately apply your brakes, firmly holding on to the steering wheel to bring the car to a halt. Do not swerve in a bid to prevent an auto-deer collision. Additionally, do not leave the road. Fatal accidents occur as drivers try to avoid hitting a deer or undertake other evasive measures.
  • With the aid of side mirrors, check out if it’s safe and get out of the car.
  • Assess the situation. Check out if the deer is dead or alive. Avoid touching it. A wounded frightened deer is capable of using its powerful legs and sharp hooves to cause injuries to anyone who attempts to get close to it.
  • Call the police on 9-1-1. Notify them if the deer is causing traffic obstruction or if it poses a threat to drivers and pedestrians. Further, report any casualties and call for an ambulance.
  • Position your car right in front of the deer relative to the position of oncoming traffic. Whether dead or alive, this will prevent other motorists from hitting the deer.
  • Turn on the hazards lights.
  • Upon arrival of the police, fill out the accident report for insurance purposes. Allow the police document the whole incident. This entails taking photographs of your car and those of any casualties. Help them identify any witness and have their statements recorded to.
  • Contact your insurance company and give a detailed narration of what transpired.
  • Assess any damages on the car and determine if it is safe to drive. Check out for fuel leakages, loose parts, broken lights, tire damages, damaged brakes among others. On the dashboard, ascertain if all the safety hazards are functional. If the car has serious damages call for a tow. Additionally, If the air bags are already deployed, it's unsafe to drive the car. if not sure on the car safety, seek help from the police.

Answered July 11, 2017 by key2616

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