1. Home
  2.  » 
  3. Car Accidents
  4.  » When are drivers most at risk of hitting a deer while on the road?

When are drivers most at risk of hitting a deer while on the road?

On Behalf of | Feb 19, 2024 | Car Accidents |

Deer-vehicle collisions are a significant concern for motorists, particularly in areas where deer populations are abundant. These incidents can lead to serious vehicle damage, personal injury and even fatalities.

However, these collisions are not random and can be preventable following a closer look at specific deer behavioral pattern and environmental factors, which includes the following:

  • Time of day: These collisions are more likely to happen during dusk and dawn when visibility is lower for drivers and when deer are most active.
  • Time of year: Most deer-vehicle collisions occur during the fall and early winter (September to December), two seasons which coincide with the mating season for deer. During this time, deer are more active and move more frequently across their range, which can lead them to crossroads and highways more often.
  • Areas: Drivers traveling through areas where roadways intersect with deer habitats, such as forested areas, rural regions and agricultural landscapes where deer are abundant, are more at risk of hitting a deer while on the road.
  • Weather conditions: Inclement weather can increase the likelihood of deer-vehicle collisions. During poor weather conditions such as fog, rain, snow or ice, drivers have reduced visibility, making it harder to see deer on or near the roadways.
  • Road conditions: Slippery road conditions can make it more difficult for drivers to stop quickly to avoid hitting a deer.

Drivers must be extra cautious during these times and in areas where deer are known to be prevalent to avoid any accidents.

Addressing injuries and losses from a deer-vehicle collision

Knowing these patterns and factors does not guarantee an accident-free drive across deer-abundant areas. Accidents involving deer can still happen despite drivers’ extreme caution. If you or a loved one were involved in a road accident involving wildlife, which resulted in severe injuries, a legal professional can walk you through the steps of recovering insurance compensation and damages.

Client Testimonials


Very professional, very informed, handled everything very well. Glad to have worked with this company over another I had previously had on my case.

– Austin More Testimonials