Van Buren Township

Deer Collisions

If you have a collision with a deer call 911. Stay safe, stay alert! Deer and auto collisions are a common occurrence in Michigan. According to the Michigan State Police, there are 60,000 reported occurrences per year in the state. Know what to do before you are faced with a collision. Information is provided from the Michigan State Police.

Here are some tips to avoid a crash:
  • Stay aware, awake, and sober.
  • Vehicle-deer crashes occur year-round, but be especially alert in spring and fall
  • Signs are placed at known deer crossing areas to alert you of the possible presence of deer.
  • Deer are herd animals and frequently travel in single file. If you see one deer cross the road, chances are there are more waiting.
  • Be alert for deer, especially at dawn and dusk. If you see one, slow down.
  • Don’t rely on gimmicks, flashing your high-beam headlights or honking your horn to deter deer.
If a crash is unavoidable:
  • Don’t swerve. Brake firmly, hold onto the steering wheel, and bring your vehicle to a controlled stop.
  • Pull off the road, turn on your emergency flashers, and be cautious of other traffic if exit your vehicle.
  • Report the crash to the nearest police agency and your insurance company.
Remember to buckle up, as seat belts are motorists’ best defense in the event of a crash.