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Have you ever been involved in a vehicle collision with a deer?

Response Percent Votes
55% 517
44% 416
Total 933


Maddy Griffin 7 years, 3 months ago

Yes. In an Escort heading back to Coffeyville with one of the kids. It wasn't pretty, but no one was injured except the deer. We found his head (12point buck) in the bed of the truck behind us.It scared me so badly, I no longer drive at night.

Chris Ogle 7 years, 3 months ago

Nope, but had two close calls while riding my motorcycle. Both times were going down "Baldwin Hill". Nearly got rear-ended by a car who wasn't paying attention.

davidsmom 7 years, 3 months ago

We had an insurance agent who was killed when a car going the opposite direction hit the deer, the deer bounced off that car's hood and went crashing through the windshield of our agent's car. His wife and four children were also in the car but they weren't injured. I have a friend whose son hit a deer and totaled his vehicle.

Clara Westphal 7 years, 3 months ago

I have had some near misses. My daughter-in -law had one jump into the side of her van on I-70.

ldawg 7 years, 3 months ago

A deer ran into the side of my car and bounced off on a country road near wells overlook. There was no real damage. I truck hit a deer on K-10 and pushed in in my lane and I ran over it. It was about 3K worth of damage under the car.

whats_going_on 7 years, 3 months ago

yeah, it was in Wyoming I think. We were out in the middle of nowhere and this deer comes up and starts running alongside our (rental) car. It ran there for a minute, then tried to cut over and dented the side and broke the mirror before running off. I don't think it was hurt, but we just got a new mirror and took a plunger to the side of the car, and all was good.

Beth Bird 7 years, 3 months ago

Seriously? We live in Kansas - Who hasn't hit a deer or had a near-miss?

MarshmallowsFTW 7 years, 3 months ago

2 in the past year. One took out my drivers side mirror, and walked away. The other I hit head on, and it walked away too. But all in all, my car doesn't look like it's been hit by 2 deer.

gphawk89 7 years, 3 months ago

I've never hit one as a driver, but have been a passenger in 7-8 vehicles that have hit a deer - Suburban, Ford pickup, Dodge van, Saturn, LeBaron, Mustang, and at least two times in a school bus. Lots of near-misses as a driver, including several scary ones on a motorcycle. Like happy said, hard to grow up / live in KS and not hit a deer.

Romans832 7 years, 3 months ago

I've never hit one, but three or four in Oklahoma must have felt invincible, crossing a divided highway on the outskirts of town. Since then, if I'm in that area, I know to "watch out" for possible wildlife.

Practicality 7 years, 3 months ago

If the state own the deer, why isn't the state liable for accidents caused on the highway with motor vehicles?

topeka52 7 years, 3 months ago

Hit one about 5 years aqo, brand new car and had not even made the first payment on it.

slowplay 7 years, 3 months ago

Yes. Six and counting. That said, I lived in Northern Minnesota for 30 years, where all but one occurred. BTW, those little deer whistles you attach to your bumper do not work.

Gene Wallace 7 years, 3 months ago

the "whistlers" have to be in the airflow. there is very little direct airflow around your bumper to make them whistle. They need to be mounted on the hood or roof in the fast flowing air.

nonbeliverofprint 7 years, 3 months ago

Hit one near Wellsville. My Ford Focus got a new hood, a new headlight, paint all down the passenger side & a new passenger mirror. The darn thing left chewed grass and drool all over my side windows and with all that damage he and his 5 girlfriends took off running. Not sure of his injuries. Scared me to death when they came out of nowhere.

dlsawyer4975 7 years, 3 months ago

I was driving just south 31st before dawn. The first indications I had that there were deer in the area was four legs dropping through my headlights. $1400 damage to my Chevy Suburban.

Janice Seymour 7 years, 3 months ago

yes - 4 - my kids call me a deer magnet and my brother's friends call to see if I "have gotten my limit yet". I hate driving at night - last one crossed over in front of car going opposite direction and I never saw it until it was in my windshield. Fortunately, no injuries to me or mine, but cars are a different matter.

beatrice 7 years, 3 months ago

Yes, and the deer didn't even have insurance!

Gene Wallace 7 years, 3 months ago

That's one that Pelosi, Reid, and Obama missed, forcing us all to have deer collision insurance. Poor little dears/deers!

beatrice 7 years, 3 months ago

I can't believe you would give up on them so quickly -- they have at least two more years! Give them time. Darn Republicans, always wanting everything right away!

Gene Wallace 7 years, 3 months ago

My Whistlers are mounted on the roof of my Crossover SUV in the airflow. I notice most people who have them, mount them on the front bumper where there is little airflow to make them whistle. I've never hit a deer or anything bigger than a rabbit, even during my 8 years in Idaho.

Gene Wallace 7 years, 3 months ago

Ever drive through BLM "free-range" at night? You top a hill at 60 and see a herd of cattle on the road. Fun!!!

kernal 7 years, 3 months ago

Yep. Used to be free range cattle on the outskirts of Phoenix until all the Easterners started flocking out there.

notajayhawk 7 years, 3 months ago

You know when you see a deer standing frozen on the side of the road, and right when you get up close to it, it jumps out in front of you? That happens every time, there's a reason for it.

Anyway, after 37 years of driving, I got my first one several months ago. I had just driven through a town I passed through on my way home from work at the time, and going through town everyone was hitting their brakes because this stupid rabbit kept darting back and forth across the street. A couple of miles past town, three deer ran across the road in front of me. I remember thinking to myself it would be just my luck to avoid the rabbit and then hit a deer when the straggler came across after them. I barely clipped him (the police still had to put him down), not a whole lot of damage since I was already slowing down because of the first three. All it did was add a little freshness to some damage that was on that corner of the car when I bought it - which, I'm fairly certain, was incurred in the same manner.

kernal 7 years, 3 months ago

While coming back to Lawrence on Hwy 40 just east of Stull, I saw three deer ahead on the north side of the road getting ready to cross. Some guy in a navy blue compact who had just passed me and was zooming about 70 mph, didn't see them nor realize they were only a few yards from hitting him. I stopped and turned on my flashers until they crossed. A big sigh of relief that no one else came zooming over the hill while they took their own sweet time crossing the highway.

Yes, folks, that's why the speed limit is only 55 on Hwy 40 between Lawrence and Topeka and why there are signs posted to watch for deer.

pace 7 years, 3 months ago

When I have seen a deer I have been lucky enough to be able to pull over and stop.I wait and access the entire field of action. I am aware they are usually in a herd. I have seen a hit by a car that didn't slow, while he watched one deer, he hit the other. I try not to automatically brake and stop when there is a deer or dog in the road but to do it very thoughtfully.It is very hard not to react instantly. I lost a friend when she tried to miss a dog and lost control. Remember where there is one deer there are usually more.

gphawk89 7 years, 3 months ago

Had a friend hit a camel about five years back. Talk about damage - crushed the entire right side of the Suburban. He somehow escaped uninjured. Had it hit the driver's side it would be a much different story. Funny law in Saudi: hit a camel in the daytime, it's your fault and you pay the owner of the camel; hit a camel at night, the owner pays you for repairs to your car.

Ron Holzwarth 7 years, 3 months ago

When I was about 12, I was a "sometimes" seat belt wearer, and one day my Dad was driving the pickup on a country road in the daytime. Suddenly, a deer ran right across the road, and after the collision we were in the ditch.

All I could think about during the event was how I didn't have my seat belt on. After that, I have always worn it if at all possible, and I feel very uncomfortable without one on.

Especially after a couple accidents later. One night, I slid on the ice and collided with a tree. When the first cop got there, he got very excited and very quickly asked me where the driver was. When I told him it was me, he looked at my car wrapped around the tree, and then he looked at me with a very shocked look on his face. I was not injured at all.

And then another night I was a passenger in my own very small car, and my friend that was driving was going way to fast on an icy road. He started to slide, suddenly we were going backwards, and then he did the flip and roll at 65 mph. He wasn't injured, but my wrists were scratched just a bit, and of course the car was totalled. Later I talked with the insuance adjuster who inspected the car, and she told me it was a miracle that we weren't killed.

So I'm sure glad about that minor accident with the deer that scared me into always wearing my seat belt, because later it saved my life a couple times. But, I do feel sorry for that deer. It was bloody and thrashing, and obviously had no chance to survive. I couldn't watch my Dad put it down.

Bucker00 7 years, 3 months ago

On 56 highway, west of 59 a few miles back in the early 90's. I would have stated that the deer won at the time, but the truth is, both the deer and the truck were totalled. Those deep ditches are hazardous in more ways than one. I never saw her until she had ljumped out of the ditch and was directly in front of my shar little red truck. I didn't even have time to remove my foot from the accelerator. I never would have dreamed a plastic fan would cut a metal radiator into 3 pieces.

Bucker00 7 years, 3 months ago

"ljumped"...."shar"? Im a typo-matic dynamo this am... caffeine deficiency? Jumped and sharp, lest there be grammar nazis lurking about.

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