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Deer causing problems for motorists

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With the start of hunting season, comes the scattering of deer in rural counties. With more deer on the move, the more likely they are to run into your car.

October and November are busy seasons for auto repair shops. If a car hits a deer straight on, the animal could severely damage the car. Jason Clara has seen his fair share of fender benders, but come October and November, it’s usually deer causing the damage.

“There have been a lot more deer collisions here the last couple years, with people building more, and encroaching on their environment,” Clara said.

Just last week, Clara fixed seven cars that had run-ins with deer.

“Nine times out of ten, when deer hits a car, it will hit the front end of it. To fix a front end bumper could cost anywhere from $600 to $1,000.

“It can be something minor as a bumper being dented in, or a headlight busted out, all the way to a total loss with the airbags being blown,” Clara explained.

Monday, a car driving down Midway Road in Brunswick County when a small deer ran out in front of it. The driver was fine, however the car suffered some damage. That said, it was one of the lucky ones.

“I have seen many collisions where cars have hit deer and run off the road and struck a tree, where the probable cause of the collision was an animal, like a deer,” said Trooper John King of the Brunswick County Highway Patrol.

Rural areas like Columbus and Brunswick counties tend to see their fair share of wrecks with deer. In 2008, there were more than 19,000 vehicle verses deer collisions. In Columbus County there were 394 and another 383 in Brunswick.

Law enforcement says the best bet for drivers is to be cautious at night and when it’s foggy.

That’s when deer tend to lose their whereabouts and are more apt to wander into your car.

We’ve all heard the term ‘deer in headlights’. Well flashing your high beams is the worst thing you could do. Bright lights tend to confuse deer and they would be more likely to run toward your car.

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videoWith the start of hunting season, comes the scattering of deer in rural counties. With more deer on the move, the more likely they are to run into your car.

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