RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — “Oh my gosh, there goes Rudolph.”
That was local resident Mike Jones’ reaction after hitting a deer just two weeks after buying a brand new car. Jones says it destroyed the front end of his car and cost him $4,000 in damage. He says the deer came out of nowhere.
“It was an instantaneous blur,” said Jones.
Authorities with the DMV and AAA are warning drivers to be on the lookout for deer. They say November is the most dangerous month for deer related crashes.
“You could lose your life, but of course there are also many, many injuries that could happen,” said John Saunders with DMV.
Saunders says because it’s mating season, deer are more likely to cross roads. He says they’re most active at dusk and dawn, especially when drivers are traveling home from work.
“Be focused on the task of driving, slow down, be buckled up. If you do encounter a deer, the number one is, do not swerve,” said Saunders.
Saunders says swerving could cause you to run into other cars and increases the likelihood of a head on collision. In Chesterfield, Henrico and Hanover there were more than 350 deer related crashes combined in 2014. Statewide 434 people were injured and two people died.
Jones says he’s thankful his collision wasn’t worse.
“It was an extreme blessing to get away with just a bunch of bent metal,” said Jones.