ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Drinking, drowsiness and now deer are the three most biggest hazards facing Missouri drivers.
State Farm’s Jim Camoriana says compared to last year, Missouri drivers are more likely to hit a deer. The last three months of the year are particularly bad.
“We begin to see a lot more claims involving with collisions with deer. In fact, you’re more than twice as likely to hit a deer in October, November and December than you are the rest of the year,” Camoriana says.
Camoriana says 60 percent of people involved in fatal accidents with animals were not wearing their seat belts. He adds deer are active right before and after sunrise as well as between dusk and midnight, thus a collisions is more likely between those times than others.
When driving at night, use your high beams. But if you see a deer in the road, Camoriana says to switch them to low beams to avoid the “deer in headlights” freeze animals tend to do.
Avoid swerving when you see a deer, because drivers often lose control of their cars or hit another vehicle in the process.
If you do have an accident, Camoriana recommends move your car to a safe place, turn on your hazards and call the police.
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