Animal crossings, especially deer, are a leading cause of automobile collisions in Illinois. In fact, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, there were 25,188 deer-vehicle collisions in 2008 alone.
Most deer-auto accidents occur between October and December, during deer’s mating season, and at night when deer, which are nocturnal animals, are out looking for food.
Drivers should be aware of the risks that deer and other animals can cause and take appropriate precautions, including:
If you are involved in a deer-vehicle collision, you should contact your local, county or state law enforcement and stay in your car until help arrives. Do not attempt to move a dead or injured deer from the roadway.
You may wish to consult with an experienced Illinois auto accident attorney to determine whether you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and/or property damage. The Chicago auto accident attorneys at Ankin Law Offices have considerable experience representing clients who have suffered injuries or property damages in an auto accident, including collisions with animals such as deer. We will evaluate various factors that affect an animal crossing collision, such as whether there was adequate lighting on the roadway, and examine the facts of the collision in order to advise you on how to best proceed with your claim.
If you have suffered injuries or property damage as a result of an animal crossing collision, contact the Chicago auto accident attorneys at Ankin Law Offices to schedule a free consultation to discuss your rights and remedies.