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Car collisions involving deer are on the rise


They are more common than a shark attack and much more deadly. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration there are close to one million deer related car accidents in the U.S. each year, resulting in more than 200 deaths.

Kris Troge and her family are from New Hampton. More than a year ago they were taking an evening drive outside of Charles City when they got quite a surprise.

"A deer had hit another vehicle in the other lane and bounced off of them and hit our vehicle," said Troge.

Many people believe it's the fall harvest causing deer to run onto roadways, but that's only an issue some of the time. From the end of October to the middle of December is deer mating season and experts say during that time deer aren't thinking straight.

Other than risks on the road, deer can also cause some damage to your pocketbook. The average cost to have your vehicle repaired after a collision is right around $3000.

Troge says it helps to slow down and stay alert.

"I would say you need to watch the ditches. I know it's more difficult at night, but if you have your brights on that does help a little bit. It won't keep the deer at bay, but you might be able to catch them sooner and avoid an accident and a lot of money," said Troge.

Authorities say don't veer for deer. It's better to just hit the animal than to swerve. You could go off the road or into oncoming traffic.

You're more likely of hitting a deer in Iowa than any other state except West Virginia. In the next year, your odds are 1 in 77.

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