Not only do we share the road with fellow drivers, but we share it with our wildlife too. This can be a lethal combination. Further fuelling the accident prone combination is the increasing development of roads and loss of natural habitat that comes with our development.
Deer migration and mating season runs from October through December, this causes a dramatic increase in deer movement. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates there are approximately 1.5 million auto deer collisions per year, resulting in damage losses of around $1.5 billion USD, which works out to an average cost of $1,000 per accident. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) also noted that deer-vehicle collisions in the U.S. cause about 200 fatalities annually.