Fall Season a More Dangerous Time for Deer-Car Accidents in Georgia

Cobb County Traffic Court Judge Jason Fincher driving on John Ward Road in Marietta, Ga. when a deer ran into his vehicle. Fincher told Channel 2 Action News that he never saw the deer until his truck’s windshield was shattered and glass was sitting in his lap. He told Channel 2 that he believes the deer tried to jump over his truck.

There are more than 50,000 deer-car accidents per year in Georgia, according to Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Drivers should be cautious of deer crossing not only rural roads but also urban and suburban roads or highways.

The fall season is especially a time when drivers should be aware because of the following seasonal changes.

  • Mating season- male deer are actively searching for mates from October to December, increasing the movement of deer
  • Increased population- as land is being developed, deer populations are in search of new food and water sources
  • Time change- “falling back” an hour puts more commuters on the road at dawn and dusk, the same hours that white-tailed deer are most active

Georgia DNR advises drivers to slow down as much as possible and resist the urge to swerve around the deer as it may cause further damage to surrounding drivers.

If an accident occurs, call the police immediately and then consider calling Kalka & Baer for a free consultation. And, if you are looking for more info, check out Sharing the Road and Surviving the Crash(request a copy here) - an informative book about Georgia car crashes written by Kalka & Baer’s Tony Kalka.

Categories: Auto Accidents