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Shorter days may mean more wildlife-related accidents

Michigan motorists should know that they are at a higher risk for wildlife-related accidents in the autumn. Autumn happens to be, among other things, the peak mating season for deer, and bears are also lurking around for the calories they need before hibernation. From dusk to dawn, wildlife is increasingly on the move.

With the end of daylight savings time, wildlife will be harder for drivers to see. In Colorado alone, an average of 3,300 wildlife-related accidents are reported every year to the Department of Transportation, with more reports in November than in any other month. Such accidents cost drivers an average of $3,400 in vehicle damage.

Experts say there are several ways to decrease the risk for a wildlife-related crash. Drivers should slow down, especially where warning signs are posted, and be on the lookout for shining eyes on the roadside. If wildlife is crossing the road, honk the horn or flash the headlights to get it off the road and to alert any other drivers to the threat. Wild animals are seldom alone, so expect others to follow. Seat belts are also essential; the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration has stated that they reduce the risk of serious injuries and death by half

.It's possible for drivers to get in car accidents even when they take all precautions. For example, transportation authorities may have failed to add a sign in a region heavy with wildlife. Whatever the situation, people who have been injured might find it advisable to meet with an attorney in order to see if they have a valid claim for damages.

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