Deer Alert “It Could Have Been Worse”

Hassler Auto body in Columbia Missouri has to deal with the harsh reality of car crashes everyday.   With deer season in full effect the owner wanted to remind everyone to be safe.  “Sorry for gruesome pictures but feel it is necessary to show how dangerous deer are. Please slow down when you are surround by woodlands and back road. If you happen to hit a deer Galen’s Auto Body is here for you but your safety is our number 1 concern. Stay safe!”

In the United States an estimated 1.23 million deer related accidents occurred in a one-year period ending June 2012

In 2000, of the 6.1 million lightweight motor vehicle collisions reported in the US, 1 million involved animal-vehicle collisions. Deer–vehicle collisions lead to about 200 human deaths and $1.1 billion in property damage every year.[2] State and federal governments, insurance companies, and drivers spend an additional $3 billion in an effort to reduce and manage the increasing number of deer-vehicle collisions.[3] The term “deer-vehicle collision” is commonly annotated throughout safety agencies as DVC.

In Canada during the year 2000 there were nearly 29,000 animal-vehicle collisions resulting in property damage only, an additional 1,887 involving non-fatal injuries, and 23 fatal collisions.[4]

In Germany over 220,000 traffic collisions occur annually involving deer, over 1000 of which lead to human injuries and around 20 to human fatalities.[5]