Vehicle accidents involving deer are most common in the autumn. This is because deer are on the move pursuing feeding and mating opportunities. This activity often brings them across Massachusetts roadways. Accidents are common, even though most people would vastly prefer not to hit a deer.
The first thing you need to do after hitting a deer is to make sure your car is safely stopped. It’s ideal if the car could be off the roadway, but if that’s not possible, do the best you can. Turn on your hazard lights to warn other drivers that something is wrong.
The next step is to determine the health and well being off all of the people involved in the accident. Call 911 immediately if an ambulance is needed.
There is unfortunately not much that you’re going to be able to do for the deer.
Now let’s talk about your car. If you’ve hit a deer with the front of your car (by far the most common scenario) you may have damage to the bumper, hood, windshield, and roof. It’s also possible to have damage to your quarter panels and doors, if the deer impacted the side of your car. If you hit anything else after hitting the deer, there can be additional damage.
In terms of mechanical damage done by hitting a deer, expect to have some issues with your radiator and engine cooling system. This is due to their proximity to the front of the car.
The car collision repair service will do a thorough inspection of your vehicle after it’s towed in. This will help them determine the type and extent of damage your car has suffered. You will be provided with an estimate of what repairs are needed, as long as assistance preparing a claim to file with your insurance company.