COLUMBUS — After the most deer-vehicle crashes on Ohio roadways in years, Lt. Governor Mary Taylor is stressing driver precaution this November, a peak month for deer movement.
“The danger deer present combined with inattentive driving can lead to trouble,” said Taylor, also director of the Ohio Department of Insurance. “Committing to mindful driving and reviewing your insurance with an agent are important measures to take.”
More than 21,000 people were involved in deer-vehicle crashes last year – the most since 2011 according to the Ohio Department of Public Safety. There were 801 injuries and four fatalities.
“Devote your full attention to driving and be aware of your surroundings” said Colonel Paul Pride, Ohio State Highway Patrol Superintendent. “If you strike a deer, move your vehicle to a safe place, preferably off the road and turn on your hazard lights.”
As part of Taylor’s Think Again initiative, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the American Automobile Association offered these tips:
• Scan the road and shoulders ahead of you.
• Use high beam headlights if there’s no oncoming traffic.
• Be extra cautious at dawn and dusk.
• If you strike a deer or other animal move your vehicle to a safe place, preferably off the road and turn on your hazard lights.
• Contact law enforcement to report the traffic crash.
Taylor also provided important auto insurance considerations:
• Check with you agent to ensure you have adequate insurance.
• Keep you insurance card in your car.
• The comprehensive coverage portion of your policy is most often used to pay repair damage for deer-vehicle incidents. A liability-only policy does not cover the damage.
• Photograph any damage to support your claim.
Ohioans can find more driving safety tips at www.publicsafety.ohio.gov. People in need of educational auto insurance information can visit www.insurance.ohio.gov or call 1-800-686-1526 with questions.