If You Hit A Deer With Your Vehicle In New York State, Can You Keep It?
Have you noticed more pictures on social media of vehicle versus deer crashes? Well, I have. It's probably because according to the New York State Department of Transportation, most deer and vehicle collisions occur during the October to December months. An average of 60,000 to 70,000 vehicle-deer collisions occur each year in New York State.
Both times I have hit a deer with my vehicle occurred during those months. The first time, I had no damage, but the second time there was significant damage to the front of my car. Fortunately, I had comprehensive coverage on my vehicle. Without this coverage, insurance companies will not cover the damage (minus any deductible of course.)
Can You Take A Deer After Hitting It With Your Vehicle?
So, if you hit and kill a deer in New York State with your vehicle, can you take the carcass home if you wish? According to the New York Upstate website, the answer is yes. But, you will need to report the accident to a police agency.
Before you decide to take the deer home or to a butcher to be processed, you must first obtain a 'carcass tag' from New York State.
How To Help Avoid Hitting A Deer
Now, if you are just trying to avoid hitting a deer, and who isn't, the New York State Department of Transportation says that the best defense is your own responsible behavior when behind the wheel. Dusk and dawn are the most active times for deer. Using your high beams will give you a better view of what is ahead.
If a deer crossed your path, firmly brake, but avoid swerving, since that could result in a possible crash with whatever is in the other lane or on the side of the road.
And, don't rely on things like deer whistles, added vehicle lighting, or reflectors to deter deer from running out in front of your vehicle, because they just might not make a difference.
[via New York State Department of Transportation, New York Upstate]
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