I come from a family of hunters, especially deer hunters. As a lawyer, I have been helping folks who have been in all manner of car accidents in Pennsylvania for over 22 years. So I was quite intrigued by a recent article I read about statistics involving deer accidents and motor vehicles. As it turns out -
and this was the surprising part - of all the states in the U.S., Pennsylvania is the state with the highest number of car accidents involving deer each year. Some of my hunting friends would be surprised, especially given the virtual disappearance of deer in the woods during hunting season lately, but that is a story for another day. Nevertheless, statistics show that motorists hit 115,571 deer in Pennsylvania from the summer of 2011 until the summer of 2012. Michigan came in second place with 97,856 deer hit during the same time period, and New York came in third place with 80,262 deer struck.
The goal of this article is to sound the proverbial alarm and alert the reader that if you are going to be driving on Pennsylvania's roadways, you owe it to yourself and your family to exercise extreme caution while driving, especially in those areas where deer are known to be present. Keep in mind that deer are generally more prevalent on roadways near dusk and in the evening.
You will want to make sure that you have proper automobile insurance to cover you (i.e., for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost time from work, etc.) and your vehicle in the case that you would strike a deer while driving in Pennsylvania (or any other state for that matter).
If you have any questions about the kinds of auto insurance coverage you may need or, if you happen to be in a collision with a deer on Pennsylvania's roadways and find yourself in need of our services, please contact the personal injury lawyers of Trinity Law, for assistance in York, Lancaster, and surrounding counties. We will provide you with valuable advice and handle your case from start to finish.