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AAA Insurance: Avg Deer Strike in CT does more than $4000 in Damage
Given that this is the time of year when Connecticut motorists are most likely to strike a deer, AAA is warning of the high price to be paid, both literally and figuratively, in the event of such a crash.
In the last five years, at least two people have been killed in crashes involving deer and more than 275 injured, according to UConn Crash Data.
With that in mind, AAA is warning drivers to limit distractions and look out for the animals, especially during the morning and evening commuting hours when deer are most active at this time of year, pursuing a mate.
Putting a Dent in Your Wallet
Even those with the good fortune to walk away from a deer collision physically unharmed may still pay a price.
AAA Insurance says last year, across Connecticut, the average claim for a deer strike was more than $4000.
“Safety is priority one, so first and foremost we are encouraging motorists to adjust their driving behaviors to prevent a collision,” says Greg Lauria, Regional AAA Insurance spokesperson. “But also important in minimizing risk is making sure your vehicle is appropriately covered”.
Collision with a deer or other animals is covered under the comprehensive portion of your automobile policy.
Deer Danger by the Numbers
According to the UConn data, November has by far the greatest number of reported deer strikes, with more than 200 in November of 2018 – and, it’s important to note, most deer strikes are not reported.
According to the DEEP, Newtown and Norwich had the greatest number of reported deer strikes in 2018. Rounding out the top 7 towns are:
4. South Windsor
In the event of a collision with an animal, AAA recommends:
AAA has some tips to help prevent a crash or to reduce damage from an animal collision:
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