When It Hits You out of the Blue: 5 Immediate Steps to Take If You Hit a Deer with Your Vehicle

Posted on 13 February 2019 by Tony Santos

So many of us are so used to driving every day of our lives that when something happens, which it mostly inevitably will at some point, it can take us at a bit of a shock. Think about how often you drive your car. You’ll be lucky if you only end up hitting something once in your life.

While a lot is known about what happens one of these incidents ends up being with another car and the process that follows, not many people know what to do if you end up hitting an animal like a deer.

Luckily, you’ve come to the right place. Today, we’re going to explore the five key steps you need to take if you hit a deer, and what the proper process is to make sure everything is handled legally and properly.

#1 – Get Safe

Whether you feel shocked or not, or regardless of what’s happened and how many cars or animals are involved, the first point of call is to make sure you’re safe. This means pulling over to the side of the road safely and turning on hazard lights.

If you have Hi-Viz jackets, or a torch to warn other cars, especially at night, it’s very important you implement them. Make sure you get out safely and move away from the road where you’re safe and won’t affect other cars.

#2 – Contact Authorities

The next step is to contact the authorities and the police. This helps to make sure nothing is missed legally; the case is made official, and the scene is sorted out professionally, so it’s safe for other road users. You may also need to fill out an official report on what happened and who you are.

#3 – Collect Evidence

Once everything is sorted, but before evidence is started to be moved (perhaps while the police are on their way), start taking evidence down to use in your own case. This means taking photos of the scene, any damage done to your vehicle and any injuries you may have sustained.

Also, gather witness reports and collect their contact information to prove what happened.

#4 – Contact Your Insurance Company

As soon as possible, probably when you get home, make sure you contact your insurance company,  or car accident attorneys, so you can officially start the claim relating to your injury or any damage to your vehicle. Make sure you give them as much information as possible in order to get the best result.

#5 – Always Avoid the Animal

This is the most important thing to remember throughout the case process. Always stay away from the animal. While it may seem in distress or not moving, you never know what condition the animal is in, and if it’s in distress, it could lash out and harm you further. Always wait for the police to arrive.

Summary

As you can see, even if hitting a deer seems like an abstract thing that ‘will never happen to you,’ it’s important you learn these steps in case you do ever find yourself in this situation and want the best outcome that’s most beneficial to you.

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