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Friday, 30 November 2018 19:31

How Collision Avoidance Systems Play a Part in Deer Crashes

Written by Cearron Bagenda, WBAY-TV
 A car gets worked on at Williams Auto Body in Ashwaubenon, WI, after hitting a deer. A car gets worked on at Williams Auto Body in Ashwaubenon, WI, after hitting a deer.

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“Because of how unpredictable a deer can be, I don't think that they're designed to avoid them because that means the car has to be looking off to the side, too," said Hendricks.

 

Experts say deer crash repair costs are higher with newer cars because camera, laser and sensor technologies are built into the bumpers, mirrors and windshields. Damage needs to be identified through a scan before shops can do any repair.

 

"The computers control just about everything on cars these days, and until we do that scan, we won't know. That [right] there just increases the cost already, just by having to do that scan," Williams added.

 

Williams said a deer crash is usually covered by comprehensive insurance. Experts say that if you don't have any other choices, it's always better to hit the deer than to swerve.

 

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