Troopers urge drivers to stay aware of deer on the road

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LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) -   With wet roads and more drivers out for the holidays, Alabama State Troopers want to remind drivers of one more danger:  deer.

Statewide, statistics show the number of accidents involving a driver who actually hit a deer have gone up by about 200 since 2011. The same deer-vehicle collision report shows more people are getting hurt in the wrecks over time.

 Deer Crashes

Those are reports of accidents where drivers actually hit a deer. They don't include crashes that happened when drivers swerved to avoid hitting a deer.

"You never know when a deer is going to come out, it could literally come out just in a matter of seconds," said Trooper Johnathan Appling. "This time of year, everyone has a lot on their minds."

Appling said be cautious and aware of the drivers around you.  They may spot something before you do. And he said come time to react to a deer in the road, many of us get it wrong.

"A lot of times when motorists see deer, they tend to swerve. And that's something we don't want to do. We never want to swerve. There's the potential to cause much more injury and much more property damage than if someone would have just hit the deer," Appling said.

A common area for deer and car accidents is 2nd Street in Muscle Shoals. They're also often seen along the TVA area roadways.

Troopers also want to remind drivers to just slow down and be vigilant during the holiday season to avoid adding to the ever-increasing statistics.

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