The best way to avoid colliding with deer is to buckle up, slow down and watch the road ahead of you.
- Slow down, eliminate distractions, and make sure all vehicle occupants are buckled up.
- If you see one deer cross in front of you, watch for more. One long blast from your vehicle’s horn may frighten the deer away.
- If a collision with a deer is unavoidable, brake firmly and stay in your lane. Avoid sudden swerving which can result in a loss of vehicle control and a more serious crash. If you hit a deer:
- Get your vehicle safely off the road if possible and call law enforcement. Be prepared to describe your specific location.
- It’s generally safest to stay buckled-up inside your vehicle. Walking along a highway is always dangerous as you could be struck by another vehicle.
- Don’t attempt to move an injured deer.
If you have struck a deer and are unable to pull over safely out of traffic, if the deer is still in traffic, or if you are injured as a result you should call 911. If it appears the deer is no longer on scene and you are able to pull safely off the roadway and out of traffic you can call the non-emergency number (262)446-5070. Car vs deer accidents can also be self-reported to WI DOT: