What To Do If You Hit A Deer In The Crossroads
Deer Are Rutting in the Crossroads and they are EVERYWHERE.
Yesterday while I was driving to work, I saw one of the most heart-wrenching things I've ever seen in my life. A buck who had apparently been hit by a car on Main Street was using his front hooves to pull himself across the road to safety. His back legs were shattered and I passed him not fully understanding what I was even seeing until I got to the next light.
I could not turn around at that time to render aid and I was heartbroken.
My entire morning was then consumed by the fact that I have NO IDEA what to do if I hit a deer, but I am seeing them everywhere lately in the Crossroads and decided instead of feeling helpless, I would educate myself.
This is the time that deer rut and they are most active October through December and with the good weather we've had, we have an abundance of deer in the Crossroads.
As soon as the morning show was over, I headed back down to Main to see if I could find him, to no avail.
Do you know what to do if you hit a deer?
Be AWARE: Deer are usually seen along the roadside during the early morning hours and late evening.
If you happen to hit a deer, be sure that you yourself do not have a severe injury. Turn your hazard lights on if you have come to a stop.
If you happen to hit a deer and can continue to drive or you've hit a deer and stopped, your first call should be to 911, or the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in Victoria County.
Our Victoria County Game Warden is Jared Lewis and his cell is 361-205-9444.
I was going to break the first rule without knowing it.
I was stupified that no one had gotten out to help the buck I saw yesterday until I learned that, as a rule, you should not approach an animal, especially a deer once you've hit it. They are wild animals with dangerous hooves and horns and could severely hurt you especially when they are scared.
Here is what Driversed.com has to offer you additionally saying, "Most collisions do occur on narrow, two-lane rural highways, but they can occur on any type of road. If you see one animal, expect that there are others nearby.
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According to the Animal Protection Institute, 70% of deer-car collisions result after the driver slowed down for one deer and then accelerated, failing to see another.
So first things first, check to be sure you are okay, put your hazards on and call 911. If you hit a deer and do not need to stop, please call 911 either way. The authorities will know who to call with each individual situation and they will only need to know basic information to help the deer or to avoid further accident or injury.
Be careful Crossroads. Deer are everywhere right now.
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