Deer Collisions Are On The Rise
Deer populations continue to rise year after year, and that has led to an increasing number of auto accidents caused by collisions with these large animals. According to recent findings by the National Highway Safety Administration, there are approximately 1.5 million deer-related car accidents annually, costing drivers over $1 billion dollars in vehicle damage.
How to Avoid a Collision
Many times, a deer will dart out from a wooded area along the road and there is no time to react or avoid hitting it. Slamming on the breaks or swerving into another lane might cause even more damage, as you could hit another vehicle. You can watch for Deer Crossing signs, as they are placed in high traffic areas where deer are known to frequently cross. You can also try using your high beam headlights when alone on the road to spot deer on the side of the road more easily.
If a Deer Collision is Unavoidable
If you do end up hitting a deer, there are some things you should do right away. Get your car safely to the side of the road and call the police. If it is safe, try to document the damage and surroundings with pictures. Contact your insurance company to report the claim and then get your car to your auto body shop for repairs.
Certified Auto Body Can Repair All Types of Vehicles
It probably won’t be the first thing on your mind after an accident, but what your car is made of can make a difference in which body shop you take it to. If your car has a full or partial aluminum construction, you must take it to a shop that is specially trained to handle that type of repair. Our highly skilled techs can handle any job with our specialized equipment and extensive training.
Damage from a deer collision can be extensive, especially if air bags have deployed. We will provide you with a detailed, accurate estimate of the damage, help you secure a rental car and work with your insurance company so the process goes as smoothly as possible. Call Certified Auto Body in Lake Bluff at 847-473-9656 and see why we are the area’s premier provider of collision repair.