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What You Don’t Know about Wisconsin Deer Crashes

Wisconsin deer crashes are extremely common. After other cars and fixed objects, deer are the objects collided with most by motor vehicles in Wisconsin. A serious highway safety problem, car crashes involving deer accounted for 14 Wisconsin traffic fatalities in 2010, with 65 people suffering serious injuries and 204 people suffering minor injuries.

Deer and Cars By The Numbers in 2010

  • Since the late 1970s, the number of injuries and fatalities relating to vehicle-deer crashes has increased, though the last seven years have seen a consistent drop.
  • The highest combined injury and fatality count was recorded in 1999, with a total of 847 people hurt or killed in a Wisconsin deer collision. The most recent data shows 2010 as the fourth fewest incidents of injury or death in 30 years.
  • Drivers should be particularly alert while driving on rural roads. In 2010, 90.5 percent of all deer crashes (15,342 of 16,947) occurred in a rural setting.
  • October and November see the most crashes on average while a large amount of injuries occur in June
  • Depending on the season, deer crashes occur most often at specific times of day.
    • April through August 2010, the likelihood of a deer crash was highest between the hours of 8 p.m. and midnight.
    • March through April, between 5 and 7 in the morning.
    • October to January, crashes were most common in between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. and between 5 p.m. and midnight.
  • The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources calculated that 26,595 deer carcasses were moved from Wisconsin roads in 2010.
  • The number of people injured or killed in deer-related crashes is only a fraction of those involved in such collisions.

This information is based only on incidents which were officially reported through the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and did not take into account crashes reported by drivers. It also does not take into account events of crashes caused by swerving to avoid hitting a deer.

If you have been in a Wisconsin car accident and have questions, call the experienced Madison car crash attorneys of Hupy and Abraham free, confidential, no-obligaton consultation at 608-277-7777 or toll-free 800-800-5678. We would also be pleased to send you a free copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Automobile Accident Victims.