Shelby County hits peak season for deer-car collisions

Peak season for deer-car collisions

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The Tennessee Department of Safety has recorded 192 deer-related crashes in Shelby County in 2018.

The risk of collisions are greater from October thru December because deer are breeding.

A deer-related crash happened Wednesday morning in Cordova.

Joel Mosby with Mosby Insurance said this time of year, they see an increase in these particular crashes.

"Thankfully most of them are smaller losses but it can, as far as property damage, can total a vehicle and of course there can be fatalities," said Mosby.

He said just the other day, one of his clients collided with a deer.

"There was minor damage. The vehicle was still drivable, but the incident actually left the deer on the road in a part of the road that wasn't very visible," said Mosby.

According to the Tennessee Department of Safety, there has been 5,628 deer-related crashes in the state this year.

Shelby County has seen a decrease from 2017.

Last year, the county had 264 deer-related crashes.

According to insurance giant State Farm, there's a 1 in 173 chance you'll hit a deer in Tennessee.

In Mississippi, there's a 1 in 91 chance, making it one of the top ten states for deer collisions.

There's a 1 in 106 chance in Arkansas.

Mosby said sadly crashes do happen, but being alert can help avoid them.

“Try to plan your trips during the day and be aware,” said Mosby.

He also suggested turning on high beams in order to see further.

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