What to do after a Deer-on-Car Accident in New Jersey


Hitting an animal that jumps across the road unexpectedly is a scary experience that can leave your car in ruins. In New Jersey, the chances of striking a deer are 1/250, high compared to other states. Over a million deer-on-car collisions take place each year in the United States, with a significant amount (from 26,000 to 50,000 a year) taking place on suburban and rural New Jersey roads.

Deer-on-Car Accident Steps

Although a deer-on-car collision can take place almost any time of year, the frequency of these incidents increases during the fall and winter months. Fall is when deer mate and hunting season begins, so it's not surprising that more accidents take place. There are several things you should keep in mind to prevent or lessen the impact of a deer-on-car accident, and many steps you should take after one occurs, including reporting the accident.

Move your car to safety. If you can move your car, get it on the side of the road with the hazard lights on. Do your best to stay off the road if you have to exit the vehicle for any reason. Deer accidents typically happen when daylight has started to fade or in the early mornings when the sun is not fully out, meaning you are less visible to oncoming cars.

Call NJSP. Some people are shocked to discover that even in an accident in which no other human beings were involved, the police need to be called. New Jersey keeps records on the number of deer accidents that take place ear year. In addition, the police should know if the deer is blocking traffic and creating an obstacle for oncoming cars. If you have been injured or your car has been damaged you might have to fill out a report. This will be useful when filing your insurance claim.

Photograph the incident. This may not be a fun thing to do when you're in shock from hitting a deer, but having proof of exactly when/ where and how the incident occurred can maximize your claim and ensure the accuracy of the police report.

Keep your distance from the deer. No matter how much of an animal lover you may be, a deer that has been struck by a vehicle is not necessarily a dead deer. It may be unconscious, ready to pounce any minute it is startled.

Call your insurance company. Like police, your insurance company needs to know the accident took place if you plan on using your insurance to correct damage to your vehicle or to cover medical bills.

Contact a New Jersey personal injury attorney. Even with the most accurate police report and tons of pictures, insurance companies tend to withhold funds from your claim. If you have been injured, you need every penny you deserve. Attorney James Vasquez is dedicated to that fight.

Call The Law Offices of James Vasquez, PC at (862) 247-8711 for a free legal consultation.