In Missouri, we have a special way of saying goodbye to our loved ones, especially during the fall: "Watch for deer!" November has the highest number of car accidents involving deer, and the Missouri Highway Patrol is warning Missouri motorists to be on the lookout as they're out on the roads. The increase is due to harvest season, mating season, and the firearms deer season. Last year, there were 4,090 crashes involving deer in the month of November. That averages to a deer-involved accident approximately every 2.1 hours in Missouri. There were six people killed and 415 injuries resulting from these encounters in 2018 according to the Highway Patrol. Most people are killed or injured when they take corrective action, then over-correct and lose control of the vehicle. Most deer-vehicle strikes take place between 5 a.m. - 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. So when you're traveling by car this month, remember that important phrase, and watch for deer!
November 13, 2019 - 9:14am