All drivers should recognize the familiar yellow signs with an image of a leaping deer. The deer crossing signs are meant to alert drivers to the possibility of deer on the road and to be extra cautious in areas where deer may be crossing.
Deer can't read
A Facebook post by the Iowa Department of Transportation sparked quite the response from Facebook users. The DOT was answering a frequently asked question regarding the placement of deer crossing signs.
The question was posed, "Why don't you put these signs where it is safer for the deer to cross?" The DOT answered with, "Deer can't read signs. Drivers can. This sign isn't intended to tell deer where to cross, it's for drivers to be alert that deer have been in this area in the past."
Animals and car accidents
In 2016 there were 2,775 crashes in McAllen, Texas; 14 of the accidents resulted in fatalities. Throughout the state there were a total of 436,748 crashes, 1,832 of which were fatal. Animals on the road contributed to 9,632 of the accidents, and more than two thirds were caused by wild animals.
Deer are pack animals and will venture out of natural cover to source food. If you see a single deer on the side of the road, slow down as there are probably others nearby. Deer are most active during twilight and dawn, when lighting is dusky and your vision is comprised.
Animals can dart onto the road without warning and cause you to swerve or slam on your brakes. Wearing a seatbelt can help protect your body from jarring movement and additional harm. Stay alert and focused on the road when you see the familiar yellow signs; it could save your life. If you are hit by another driver swerving around deer in the road, then contact a personal injury attorney.