This scenario is being played out all over the area of Cambridge, OH, this time of year as deer “are on the move.”
Motorists are hitting dear at an alarming rate this season, according to Frank Bruno, senior appraiser for FrontLine Appraisals. He said he’s had five deer-vehicle collisions to investigate in less than a week.
“It’s been years since I’ve seen so many dead deer along the sides of the roads,” he said.
Bruno travels around this section of Ohio filing accident claims. He was at B&B Body Shop and Towing Nov. 13 looking at an SUV that was involved in a deer collision over the weekend of Nov. 10--11.
“I saw a truck that collided with a deer on the way here,” he added.
Travis Morgan, an owner of B&B, said most deer repairs are around $6,500, while the one to the SUV mentioned will be much more than that if it is not a total loss.
“We have them come in with just bumper damage. Others are much more severe and can be a total loss. The worst thing is the new technology---that’s driving the repair costs up,” Morgan said.
Morgan added that so far this year, they have had more than 30 vehicles from deer accidents to repair.
At Ron Guthrie State Farm Insurance, Jill Black said the agency is filing claims for about two or three deer-related accidents per week.
“They’re (deer) going crazy right now. We give out deer whistles that are supposed to keep deer away from vehicles. People tell us they work,” Black said.
Each year, Guthrie Insurance usually sees about 75 deer accidents.
Ohio has seen a rise in deer-related crashes over the past couple of years. The increased crash risk is partly due to the fact that October through December is peak deer-mating season in the Buckeye state. Most crashes occur between dusk and dawn and between the hours of 6 and 9 p.m.