Deer Collisions Higher in Chester, Berks, MontCo

BLOOMINGTON IL – Chester, Berks and Montgomery counties, in that order, are among 10 Pennsylvania counties that incurred the most deer-related crashes during 2021, according to recently released statistics from an annual State Farm analysis of animal-related collisions, according to the Illinois-headquartered national insurer.

Chester County, it said, ranked second in the state last year with 241 vehicles involved in crashes with deer; Berks County, seventh, 183 crashes; and Montgomery, 10th, with 166 crashes. The county with the highest number of run-ins: Allegheny, with 321. Overall, Pennsylvanians driving during a 12-month period between 2021 and 2022 had a 1-in-54 chance of colliding with an animal, it said.

The Keystone State landed in fifth place among all 50 states in the dubious category of most deer-vehicle mishaps.

As fall season, and collisions with deer could climb, State Farm offers these tips for avoid problems … and wreckage:

  • Stay alert. Pay attention to “deer crossing” and “wildlife crossing” signs and be cautious in areas near woods or water.
  • Use high beams. Flicking your high beams on an animal in the road may cause the animal to scurry away. High beams also help illuminate dark roads.
  • Don’t swerve. If a car crash is inevitable, maintain control of your vehicle and don’t veer off the road.
  • Brake as necessary. If you can avoid hitting the animal, reduce your speed, honk your horn and tap your brakes to warn other drivers. If there are no drivers behind you, brake hard.
  • Remember peak season. Animal collisions happen most during October through December, which is hunting and mating season.
  • Remember meal time. Watch for animals in the road between dusk and dawn.
  • Watch for herds. If you see one deer, there are probably more nearby.
  • Don’t use a whistle. No scientific evidence supports that car-mounted deer whistles work.
  • Wear seat belts. Always obey speed limits and wear seat belts.

Photo supplied by the state of Pennsylvania