November is peak month for deer involved crashes
According to Triple-A, November is the peak month for a car versus deer crashes.
The organization cites the recent time change and moving deer as some of the factors causing the spike.
Triple-A East Central says drivers should be extra cautious on roads where animals could be present.
Deer mating season runs between November and December causing an increase in collisions with vehicles.
"More collisions between vehicles and deer occur in November than any other month," says Mark Sisson, vice president of Insurance, Triple-A East Central. "One of our top claims in the winter is for vehicles that have been totaled from hitting animals, and the costs can be staggering."
Triple-A says the average vehicle damage claim for a deer incident is about $3,500.
21 News has seen an increase in calls about deer involved crashes in the Mahoning Valley recently.
According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, there are more than 1.5 million deer-vehicle collisions each year, resulting in 150 human deaths and tens of thousands of injuries.
If you have a collision with a deer or other animal, Triple-A recommends to call the police and put on your vehicle's hazard lights. If possible move the vehicle to a safe location and wait for help to arrive.