• Look Out for DeerOctober 30, 2015

    As leaves turn and cool winds blow in, many Missourians are quite used to seeing deer along the roadways. According to the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions & Professional Registration (DIFP), more deer-related accidents occur in October and November than the rest of the year.

    If you are about to hit a deer, hold firmly to the steering wheel, apply your brakes and stop the vehicle. Try not to swerve. If you are involved in an animal collision, DIFP recommends the following actions:

    • Stay calm.
    • If you can, move your vehicle to a safe place and turn on your hazard lights. This may mean pulling over to the shoulder of the highway.
    • Stay away from the animal. A frightened or wounded animal can lash out and hurt you.
    • If you can’t move your car, or the animal carcass is blocking traffic, alert the authorities so they can clear the roadway.
    • Document the incident by taking photos of your vehicle damage, the roadway and any injuries sustained.
    • Check to see if your vehicle is safe to operate. Check for leaking fluid, damaged lights, loose parts or other safety hazards. When in doubt, call a tow truck.

    To read the article in its entirety, visit the DIFP website. Refer to DIFP or your local insurance agent when inquiring about automobile insurance coverage.

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