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Iowa ranks third for deer-and-car accidents

As the days get shorter and we enter into hunting season, a new study reminds us that we must watch out for deer on the roads. According to the study by State Farm, Iowa ranks third on a list of the states with the most deer accidents.

Hitting a deer is certainly not a good thing for the pocketbook - the average property damage cost was $3,300 last year, up 4.4 percent from the previous year - but the larger toll is on the individuals injured or killed in these accidents. Nearly 200 Americans are killed every year in car accidents with deer and 10,000 more are injured.

The study cautions people to remain alert on the road. If you see one deer cross the road in front of you, slow down. Deer travel together, so there are likely to be more deer around it. Furthermore, drive slower in areas marked with deer crossing signs and during dusk, when deer are more likely to be active (between 6 and 9 p.m.).

If a deer walks out in front of you, keep your car straight. It is better to hit a deer head-on then to run your car into a ditch or other cars. Finally, buckle up. An astounding sixty percent of the people who died in deer-and-car accidents were not wearing their seat belts.

If you hit a deer or another car hits you trying to avoid a deer, you may be able to recover compensation from insurance companies for your property damage, medical bills and other damages. An accident involving multiple cars is different from one involving one car and a deer. It can be helpful to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer about your accident and learn what legal remedies are available to you. Please visit our pages on motor vehicle accidents to read more about personal injury settlements and lawsuits.

Source: KMALand, "Iowa 3rd in car-deer accidents," Matt Kelley, Oct. 25, 2012

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