A 57-year-old man was killed in a two-vehicle accident on State Highway 359, just two miles south of Orange Grove, TX. The accident, which occurred on November 12, was caused by a driver who swerved to avoid a deer. One man is dead and two others were taken to the hospital for their injuries.
The Two-Vehicle Accident
Around 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, November 12, the driver of a Toyota Camry was heading southbound on State Highway 359. The driver swerved to avoid hitting a deer and struck a northbound Mazda head-on.
The driver of the Mazda was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. A male passenger traveling in the Mazda was also taken to the hospital, but he was released after being treated. The driver of the Toyota Camry was also transported to the hospital where he was treated for serious injuries.
DPS troopers are continuing their investigation into the two-vehicle accident.
Accidents Caused By Wildlife
According to State Farm, drivers struck more than 2 million animals from July 2020 to June 2021. While animal collisions can happen any time of the year, they’re more prevalent in the months of October, November, and December. Texas was also the third highest state for animal collision claims from the July 2020 to June 2021 period.
Not only are animal collisions dangerous for the animal and your vehicle, they can also result in serious injuries and fatalities. Because Texas has such a high number of animal collision claims each year, it’s important to be extra cautious for wildlife on the road. In order to avoid wildlife collisions, follow the driver safety tips listed below:
- Slow down— Following the speed limit makes it more likely that you will have enough time to brake if an animal runs out in front of you. Drive with special care whenever you see wildlife crossing signs.
- Keep your eyes on the road at all times— Keeping your eyes on the road can help you watch for animals in the distance and act accordingly if you see one.
- Be aware of peak areas and times— Animals are most active at dusk and dawn, so be extra alert during those times. The early fall and springtime is also an active time for animals to be on the move.
- Don’t tailgate— Keeping a safe distance between you and the car in front of you will give you enough space to brake in the event of an animal sighting.
- Use your brights— Using your brights can increase your visibility on the road. Be aware of other drivers around you: dim your brights whenever you approach another car, either from behind or in passing.
- Honk your horn— Honking your horn can both bring your vehicle to the attention of any wildlife in the roadway and also spur shocked animals into moving out of the way.
Wildlife can be unpredictable and may pop out on the road at any time. Knowing what to watch for and how to react can help prevent accidents from happening. Areas with high animal traffic are often marked with animal crossing signs. Be on the lookout for those signs and act with extra caution. Staying focused and alert can help you avoid unnecessary crashes and fatalities.
If you’ve been injured in a crash with a wild animal in Texas, reach out to your Houston car accident attorneys at Lapeze & Johns today to learn about your options for relief.