November is peak time for deer-related crashes, especially Dane County

November is peak time for deer-related crashes, especially Dane County

The possibility of hitting a deer on the road is highest this time of year. Dane County saw the most deer-related crashes of the state last year, especially in November.

Of the 20,413 crashes in Wisconsin in 2016, averaging 55 each day, 1,006 of those happened in Dane County.

Employees with M&M Auto Body in Madison said they see between 30 and 40 cars each year with damage from a deer.

“Right in this time period is the real hot spot, and then you know deer season is coming up in a week or so, so there will be more people going into the woods, chasing deer around,” owner Mike Miyagawa said.

He said the typical cost for deer damage is $3,000. They are prepared to see a lot of cars coming in soon.

Officials with the Department of Transportation said the crash peak in October and November happens because this is when young deer reach maturity and start roaming in search of mates.

Wisconsin was moved up from No. 6 to No. 5 on State Farm insurance’s list of most crashes involving deer.

Statistics show 11 people were killed and 451 were injured in deer-related crashes last year. Motorcyclists are most at risk because motorcycles are lighter and lack a front windshield.

DOT officials said if a deer suddenly appears in front of you, do not swerve. Swerving can cause you to move into the path of oncoming traffic, or roll over into a ditch.

To avoid a crash, you should slow down and scan along the side of the road, especially in the early morning and early evening hours when deer are feeding.