Deer Hazards

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.

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