Car-Deer Accidents Increasing

It’s deer season in the Upper Peninsula. No, not THAT kind of deer season. It’s the time of year when there is a spike in the number of accidents involving hitting a deer with a vehicle.

Consider these incidents in the Copper Country lately…

On the same day in the same county, 5 deer jumped out in front of a man driving on US-45. The first deer went over the hood and into the windshield. A second deer may have gone underneath the vehicle. The other three escaped into the woods to wreck havoc another day.

Twenty minutes later on Paynesville Road, a woman spotted a deer standing in the ditch on the side of the road. It was the deer standing in the middle of the roadway that she didn’t see until it was too late.

Another twenty minutes went by and on the same road, a man was minding his own business when a deer ran out of the woods and slammed into the passenger side door of his vehicle.

Luckily, no human beings were hurt in any of these crashes. But the damage done to the vehicles can be considerable.

Jodi Mikesch works at Advance Tech Body Repair and she has seen what a deer can do to a car. Damages can be costly. This time of year, Jodi warns that drivers need to be extra careful.