If you think grizzly bears or sharks are the dangerous animals that cause the most deaths in the U.S., think again. You may be surprised to learn that deer cause more fatalities than any other animal in our country.

Although deer look harmless, they kill more Americans than you can imagine. And no, these deaths are not caused by wild deer attacks. Almost all of them are caused by deer-car accidents.

There are more than one million deer-related motor vehicle accidents each year. “And while the vast majority of these accidents are minor and result in vehicle damage, drivers and passengers can get injured as a result of a collision with a deer,” explains our Pittsburgh deer-car accident attorney at Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman.

Car accidents involving deer cause about 10,000 severe injuries and 200 fatalities each year, while vehicle damage totals more than $1 billion.


Pennsylvania has the second highest number of deer-car accidents in the U.S., surpassed only by West Virginia. The risk of a motor vehicle being struck by a deer is at its highest in the fall when deer are mating.

After a deer-car accident, one of the first questions that the driver will have is whether this accident is covered by their insurance. Our experienced deer car accident attorney in Pittsburgh explains that insurance coverage for repair of your vehicle may depend on whether your vehicle crashed into the deer or the deer ran into your vehicle.


A deer-related car accident does not necessarily have to be a single-car accident. In fact, there are many deer-related crashes that involve multiple vehicles and are caused by the negligence of one of the motorists. For example, many deer-car crashes occur after a driver swerves to avoid colliding with a deer, and, as a result, crashes into another vehicle.

Another common scenario is when a driver is following another vehicle too closely, and, when the driver of the leading vehicle hits the brakes to avoid a collision with a deer , the second driver does not have enough time to react and slow down before striking the vehicle ahead.


The consequences you may face as a result of a collision with a deer can vary depending on numerous factors. At the very least, your vehicle will likely sustain damage that must be repaired. Passengers may suffer injuries.

These injuries may require costly medical treatment. They could also prevent the injured person working until they have recovered. If your injuries are particularly severe after a deer-car accident, you may require ongoing medical treatment, incur bills for that treatment, and you may struggle to work in the future.


There is no fee to consult our attorneys regarding your concerns after a crash involving a deer, including who will pay for your medical care and lost wages.

You may be able to receive financial compensation for your property damage, lost wages, and the cost of medical care after a deer-car accident by filing an insurance claim. Excellent legal representation is essential to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Insurance companies are not motivated to pay fair compensation to accident victims. Like all businesses, an insurance carrier’s priority is to maximize its profits by paying out as little money as possible. Thus, when you file a claim after being involved in an accident with a deer, an insurer will attempt to find reasons to deny your claim entirely or to convince you to settle for a small amount, which does not fully and fairly compensate you for your injuries.

Retaining a lawyer to handle your claim eases some of your burdens in the aftermath of an accident. You will have more time and energy to devote to your recovery when our lawyers handle the work necessary to obtain the maximum compensation you deserve. We will try to settle your claim and are prepared to file a lawsuit to fight for the money you deserve.


Although not all deer-car collisions can be prevented no matter how careful you are when operating a vehicle, there are some tips to minimize the risk of getting into a deer-related car crash:

  • Pay attention to deer crossing signs and slow down when you see one, because there may be more in the vicinity
  • Do not get distracted behind the wheel, because you may miss seeing a deer
  • Turn on your high beams when appropriate for driving at night (deer can be very hard to see at night)
  • If you notice a deer, reduce speed and turn on your hazard lights
  • Instead of swerving, stop your vehicle
  • Wait for the deer to get off the road, but do not honk at the deer, as this might only startle the deer drive safely to protect yourself and your passengers
  • If there is one deer, there could be more of them and
  • Do not forget to wear a seatbelt, as this can potentially save your life when colliding with a deer

If it is too late to follow any of these tips and you have already been injured in a deer-related car accident, contact our skilled personal injury lawyers at Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman. Call our offices at 888-988-9467 to discuss your case and help you seek compensation for your injury or vehicle damage in a deer-car accident.

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