Motor-vehicle crashes involving deer last year on North Carolina roadways jumped to 19,277, up from 17,236 in 2006. Of the total reported automobile crashes in North Carolina in 2007, deer were cited as a factor in 8.6 percent, up from 7.8 percent in 2006. Wake County topped the list with 1129 deer-related crashes. Other counties with high deer crashes include Guilford, Rockingham, Duplin and Pitt. There were 11 fatal crashes in 2007 related to deer compared to an average of approximately 6 over the last 3 years.
While a crash involving a deer can happen at any time, drivers should be particularly careful both in the early morning hours and the early evening hours. Almost 80 percent of deer-related crashes in 2007 occurred between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
White-tailed deer can be seen on the move around North Carolina roadways at any time of the year. Yet 48 percent of all deer-related crashes in North Carolina occurred during the months of October, November and December. For more information, please visit http://www.hsrc.unc.edu/news_room/2008-09-24_deer_08.cfm.
The UNC Highway Safety Research Center offers the following tips for lowering your risk of a crash with a deer.
Figures reflect the total number of reported deer-related crashes. There is evidence that a great many more of these crashes occur than are reported to law enforcement agencies. The complete deer-motor vehicle crash data for all North Carolina counties is available at http://www.hsrc.unc.edu/safety_info/animal_vehicle/index.cfm.
The University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center
730 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Suite 300 | Campus Box 3430 | Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3430
Phone: 919.962.2203 | Fax: 919.962.8710