Deer accidents are three times more likely to occur in November than anytime between February and August. In Wisconsin, which is ranked seventh in the nation for deer-car collisions, the risk of hitting a deer is one in 79.
This risk doesn’t just affect drives of cars: 4.4 percent of deer crashes involve a motorcycle. Deer can do serious damage, both to a motorcycle and the motorcyclist; 33 percent of injuries and 78 percent of deaths in all deer-related crashes involve motorcyclists.
Tips to avoid Wisconsin deer-motorcycle crashes
- Use your high beams when traveling in areas where deer are likely.
- Be watchful near posted deer crossing signs. These indicate active deer crossing areas. Slow down, use your high beams, and prepare to brake.
- Be careful in the evening and early night. Deer are most active between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m.
- Remember that deer usually travel in herds. If you see one deer, there are likely to be more nearby.
- If you see a deer, slow down. Try not to swerve as that could put your motorcycle in the path of a larger vehicle. Brake hard.
- Wear protective gear. You may not be able to avoid crashing into a deer, but you can reduce your chances of serious injury.
The Milwaukee motorcycle accident attorneys at Hupy and Abraham provide a library of information to help prevent motorcycle accidents and help victims of Wisconsin motorcycle accidents get the help they need after a crash. To learn what to do after a Milwaukee motorcycle accident, request a free copy of The Ultimate Guide for Motorcycle Accident Victims. To discuss your own case with a Milwaukee motorcycle injury lawyer, contact Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678.