November is the leading month for deer-related crashes and drivers are encouraged to scan the roadways. MARSHALL GORBY / STAFF

Deer-related crashes accelerate in November; 41 reported last year in Clark County

November is the leading month for deer-related vehicle crashes in Ohio.

Last year, nearly 3,800 deer-related crashes happened in November on Ohio roadways with Clark County having 41.

“The most deer-vehicle crashes happen in November,” Governor Mike DeWine said. “And we want to remind Ohioans to drive safely, making sure to scan the road ahead for deer, especially at dawn and dusk.”

Drivers should scan the road ahead for deer by using high beams when there is no on-coming traffic.

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“Motorists must always be vigilant and ready to react to any situation,” Ohio State Highway Patrol Superintendent Colonel Richard Fambro said. “If you see a deer in the roadway, slow down, but do not swerve. If you strike a deer, move to a safe place, turn your hazard lights on and report the accident.”

Experts also recommend conducting an insurance review and making sure drivers have adequate insurance in the event of an accident, Jillian Froment, Director of the Ohio Department of Insurance, said.

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The optional comprehensive coverage (also known as “other than collision” coverage) portion of an auto insurance policy often is used to pay for deer-related damage repair, a press release from the Ohio Department of Insurance said. Collision or liability-only policies do not cover the damage.

When there is damage, photographs or videos of the damage is important for an insurance claim.

Last year, 18,200 deer-related crashes occurred across the state, according to state data. Clark County had 207.

For this year, Clark County has had 132 deer-related crashes with April having the most.

For more driving tips, visit www.publicsafety.ohio.gov. Insurance information is available at www.insurance.ohio.gov.

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