Fall Season Increases the Chance of Deer Crashes


Deer are on the move this fall with hunting season and mating season in full swing. Use extra caution when driving in rural areas at this time of the year.

Deer tend to be more active in the early morning hours and just after dusk. Where there is one deer there are often several more that could follow.

When possible, use high beam headlights at night and be aware that deer could be standing on or near the side of the roadway. If your vehicle strikes a deer, do not touch it. A frightened or wounded deer can cause you serious bodily injury. Remain in your car, make sure you and your passengers are safe and call the police to obtain a crash report for your insurance company. You should report this as you would any other crash.

For more information, contact the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Fish and Wildlife at http://www.in.gov/dnr/ or call 317-232-4200.