Oneida County has fourth highest number of car/deer accidents in state

Published Oct 10, 2018 at 4:00pm

Oneida County had the fourth highest number of accidents between deer and motor vehicles two years ago, according to an announcement by AAA.

Fall is mating season for deer, and those twitterpated animals are busiest between 5 to 7 p.m. most evenings, from October to December, according to a AAA Northeast analysis of crash
data from across the state.

“Drivers should always be on the lookout for hazards on the road, but the danger of deer is particularly acute in the fall,” said Ed Welsh, Regional General Manager for AAA Northeast.

“Deer present dangers to themselves, to your vehicle, and to your person, so it behooves everybody to be prepared,” the regional general manager warned area motorists.

Based on crash data from 2016, there were 364 car/deer collisions in Oneida County. That is the third highest number for that year, behind only Orange, Monroe and Erie counties.

AAA advises all drivers to scan the shoulders of roadways in front of you in case deer dash out from the side of the road or wooded areas.

The organization said that, if a collision is unavoidable, to apply the brakes firmly and remain in your lane.

Swerving sharply to avoid a deer can cause an even more serious crash, especially if you lose control and leave the
roadway.