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Wisconsin car accident lawyersWisconsin is a state with a large population of wildlife, particularly deer. In fact, in the winter of 2017, it was estimated that there were upwards of 50 deer per square mile of land area, statewide. This dense population of deer has led to an increase in auto accidents involving wildlife, mainly deer. 

The 16th annual State Farm deer-vehicle collision study, which combined totals between  July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018, found that there were 1.33 million of these accidents, nationwide. The study then ranked the top 10 states for deer-related auto accidents, and Wisconsin came in fourth on the list. 

In 2017, the state ranked fifth, so the study indicates that accidents involving wildlife in Wisconsin are on an upward trend. In an article published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this past fall, Police Chief, Peter Hoell, noted that the state is having at least one deer involved accident per night. 


Appleton auto accident lawyersDeer breeding season has already begun and hunters will soon take to the woods. Of course, you do not have to be a hunter to actually see a deer this year. In fact, you are much more likely to see these majestic creatures while out and about between now and December. Unfortunately, this also means that your risk for a deer-vehicle collision will increase. Know how to protect yourself with the following tips on avoiding collisions with deer in Wisconsin.

Where You Will See Them

Despite common misconception, deer can be spotted almost anywhere in Wisconsin, including towns, along the highways, and out in the country. However, they are most likely to crop up in wooded areas, along field lines, and near water. These are the areas where you need to be most vigilant in your awareness (they are often marked with signs). Watch closely for reflective eyes along the road, and slow down if you do see them.

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