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Posted on November 5th, 2013,
by Zane Cagle

Deer Season–What to do on Missouri Roads

Posted on November 5th, 2013 by Zane Cagle

November Usually Sees an Increase in Deer-Car Collisions

Just last night a woman surprisingly escaped injury after she hit three deer on Interstate 270, just north of Tesson Ferry Road. When an officer was interviewed regarding the crash, he indicated that she may have been lucky because she was in a larger SUV vehicle and according to reports did not swerve or lose control of her vehicle.

Last year, a car crashed into a deer about once every two hours on average in Missouri. Authorities indicate that mating season, hunting season and the rise in deer population come together for the busiest time of the year for car-deer strikes.  These factors also bring more deer closer to the metropolitan area as well as country roads.

Recent Crashes

On Halloween evening, a 61 year old Pacific man and his wife were involved in a serious car accident involving a deer on Old Route 66 near Pacific, Missouri.  A 58 year old Robertsville man swerved to keep from hitting a deer. He successfully avoided the deer but struck a Pacific couple’s car in a  head-on collision resulting in the death of the Pacific man and the serious injuries of his wife. The Missouri Highway Patrol is urging drivers to be alert. They add that the odds of surviving a collision with a deer are better if you run into the deer instead of swerving and losing control of your car.  When confronted with this situation, often our natural instinct is to swerve to avoid hitting something in the road.

Missouri Highway Patrol say that when trying to avoid a deer, many drivers will over correct or veer and lose control of their car.  It is very difficult not to swerve away when an animal or unidentified object darts out in front of your vehicle. “Just go right through the animal, whether it’s a cat, a dog, or a squirrel. I know a lot of people don’t like to hear that. But the thing is, if you swerve and you don’t have time to keep your vehicle under control. You’re going to cause yourself to be injured, or killed, or kill someone else or injure someone else”, said Missouri Patrol Sergent Al  Nothum. He encouraged

Highway Patrol also state that if you see a single deer on the side of the rode, you should reduce your speed and realize they may still dart out in front of your car. The behavior of deer is very unpredictable.  As well, if you see one deer, you should expect to see several more near it. Hunting season and mating season combined make the deer far more active than other months of the year.  Every fall, traffic crashes involving deer spike during this month according to Missouri Highway Patrol.

Fair Compensation After a Crash

Unfortunately, car accidents occur frequently across the St. Louis metropolitan area.  Putting the pieces back together after an accident can be a daunting task for many depending on the nature of your injuries. Negotiating with insurance companies can be a time intensive ordeal and you may be left wondering, “Was I fairly compensated?”  All too often, I receive calls from people wondering if their insurance claim was treated fairly.  The nature of your injuries is really the major factor when considering if you have been treated fairly.  Insurance companies are pretty good when it comes to auto property damage as there is objective information about the worth of your car, however, assessing the worth of your injury is sometimes far more difficult.

At The Cagle Law Firm, we understand you just want to be “fairly” compensated for your injuries after an accident you did not cause. Terms like “liability” and “harms and losses” seems like simple terms but can become quite confusing. We make a point to understand your particular circumstance. While car accidents occur frequently, they are usually unique—meaning each accident has a different fact pattern and involve different individuals with unique stories and circumstances.  Our attorneys understand that after a serious accident, you need to not be navigating the legal waters alone.

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