Posted on October 21st, 2015 by Zane Cagle
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP), the accident occurred around 3:45 p.m. on Rouge 168, five miles west of Philadelphia, Missouri. The 1999 Dodge 3500 was driven by a Hannibal man and was towing a motor home east. The driver swerved to avoid hitting a deer in the roadway and the vehicle ran off the right side of the road where it overturned.
A passenger, reported as not wearing a seat belt was ejected and she sustained serious injuries. The driver also suffered injuries and it is reported he was not wearing a safety belt. Also hurt were two children, ages 7 and 4, both of Ewing, Missouri. Both of the children were wearing safety devices and reported as sustaining minor injuries.
In our deer season blog posts, we know that October and November are prime months for deer-vehicle collisions as mating season begins late September through the first of January. According to data from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, there were 3,720 deer-related accidents in Missouri last year which was an increase over 2013’s by 213. In 2012, there was a spike of almost 4,000 deer related crashes but fell in 2012.
The odds of drivers in Missouri being involved in a deer related crash are 1 in 120 opposed to the national average of 1 in 169. Missouri ranks 17t in the nation for collisions involving deer.
MSHP recommends using caution when driving in rural areas during deer season. According to officials, the most common mistake is to swerve to avoid a collision with a deer. Officers say it that if a collision with a deer is imminent, it is safer to hit the deer instead of swerving into oncoming traffic or overcorrecting and driving into the ditch. It is tough to remember to not swerve as it is our natural reaction to swerve when something is in the roadway in front of us.
Experts recommend first slowing your speed in areas where you may suspect deer. Many people who live in rural areas are always on the lookout for deer, but many of us who live in the greater St. Louis area have to be reminded. Even on the interstates around St. Louis, drivers have encountered deer.
If You are Injured in a Motor Vehicle Accident
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you may need an attorney to be sure you get the compensation you need for medical bills and other damages such as lost wages. Our attorneys understand it is usually an enormous challenge to get your life back to normal after a serious car crash. And, maybe some things in your life will never be quite the same. You only get one chance to recover compensation if someone else is at fault for your crash.
Consultations are always free. Call at (314) 276-1681.