Tips to avoid deer-related crashes, courtesy of The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security and the Tennessee Highway Patrol:
• When you see deer cross the road, expect more to follow. Many times, the second or third deer crossing becomes the one that motorists hit.
• Be attentive and drive defensively constantly scanning the roadside, especially at dawn and dusk.
• Do not swerve to avoid contact with deer. This could cause the vehicle to flip or veer into oncoming traffic causing a serious crash. Swerving can also confuse the deer as to where to run.
• When you spot a deer, slow down immediately. Proceed slowly when passing.
• If you do collide with a deer, never approach the animal. They are powerful and can cause bodily harm to a human. Report any deer collision, even if the damage is minor.