Thousands of deer-vehicle crashes take place in Virginia each year, resulting in fatalities, injuries and costly vehicle damage. To avoid hitting a deer:
- Be alert at dusk and dawn especially in the fall.
- Slow down if you see a deer near or crossing the road. Deer frequently travel in groups; there are likely more deer nearby.
- Use the horn to scare deer away.
- If a collision with a deer or other animal is unavoidable, do not swerve. Brake firmly, stay in your lane, and come to a controlled stop.
If you hit a deer, report it to law enforcement.