Deer are nice to look at but a nightmare to get into an accident with, and you know this from personal experience. You’ll never forget that night you were traveling on Rockville Pike when the large mammal ran out in front of you. With so many businesses and cars on this road, you’d never expect to encounter such an animal, but you did and it scared the daylights out of you.
Fortunately, you were lucky enough to get out of the way before you collided with the animal, but it wasn’t without consequence: you landed on your side. Your bike suffered severe damage and you ended up with a few cracked ribs and a broken leg, but you felt lucky because you know it could have been so much worse.
Preventing a Run-In With a Deer
Although you can never fully prevent an accident with a deer, you can decrease the chances of it occurring by following these tips:
- Use your high beams in areas where deer typically spend time. Doing so allows you to see better and alerts the deer to your presence.
- Remember where there’s one, there are usually more to come. Deer typically travel in small herds, so when you see a single deer, get ready for others, particularly if you encounter a fawn.
- Increase your awareness at dusk. Deer tend to come out in the early morning or between 6 and 9 pm. If you’re traveling at this time, make sure to keep an eye out for them.
- Slow down instead of swerving. Since swerving can land you on your side or put you in the path of an oncoming vehicle, slow down when you see a deer and, if possible, brake hard.
We Can Help Injured Accident Victims
The attorneys of Nicklesporn and Lundin want to help those who are injured in motorcycle accidents. Contact us today to find out how you may be able to receive compensation for your medical bills, vehicle repairs, and time lost from work.