Deer in the roadway pose a serious safety risk to the driver and the animal. So, as a driver, what exactly do you do when you see a deer in the road?
"It's the driver's responsibility to make the quick decision, and driving slower allows more reaction time," according to news reports .
The deer population has actually decreased since 2002, according to the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, but ever-growing communities push the animals out of their natural habitat and closer to roads. Deer hunting season doesn't begin in Anderson until October, but the number of hunters is declining. In 2010 the number of licensed hunters in South Carolina was down 4.5 percent from 2009, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
As a Greenville personal injury lawyer, I urge drivers to be cautious during the hours of 6 and 9 p.m. when deer are most active and use high beam headlights when possible, to see the deer better.
If you drive on heavily deer populated roads you can purchase devices such as a deer whistle that may help frighten the deer away. If you have been injured in a car accident, contact a personal injury lawyer in Greenville.