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deer in grass. Fall is the time to be alert for possible deer collisions.

Oh deer! What happens AFTER I hit a deer?

It can happen in an instant. You see a blur, an object suddenly ahead of you on the road. There’s no time to avoid it. You’ve hit a deer. It happens to more than a million of us every year in the U.S. While there’s not much you can do to prevent it, there are some basic steps every driver needs to know to do if this startling situation happens to them.

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What’s the cost?

The average collision with a deer ends up costing each driver on average about $3000 – $4000. But some collisions can end up costing as much as $10,000 or higher.

When am I at the greatest risk for hitting a deer?

Watch out especially on your way to the pumpkin patch or out to Thanksgiving dinner. During the fall and early winter is when you face your biggest risk for hitting a deer. Dawn and dusk are the two times of day when deer are most active and most likely to run out on the road.

After I hit a deer, what do I do?

  1. Pull your vehicle off to the side of the road or other safe place. Be sure it’s at enough of a distance from other drivers. Chances are this accident happened at dawn or dusk, when the light isn’t great to see everything around you.
  2. Call the police. If the collision resulted in injury or damage to your vehicle or other property, you may need to fill out an official report. This report may be helpful for your insurance claim.
  3. Get out your cell phone’s camera. While now is not the time for a selfie, it is definitely the time to take photos. Be sure to get plenty:
    1. Damage to your vehicle
    2. Damage to any other property
    3. The roadway and your surroundings
    4. Injuries you or your passengers sustained

    Be sure you’re watching the road and your surroundings so that you are staying safe while you are taking these photos.

  1. Is the animal still alive? Steer clear of it. An injured and frightened deer could cause you damage with its legs and hooves.
  2. Take a pause before pulling back out on the road. Your car might not actually be safe to drive. Look for broken lights, leaking fluid, tire damage or other safety hazards. If anything seems off making it not safe to drive, call us for a tow. The Collision Center of Andover provides 24/7 quick, full-service towing to Wichita and Andover, towing any passenger vehicle to any destination or the shop of your choice. Call (316) 719-2100.
  3. Contact your auto insurance agent so they can start work immediately on your claim. Deer collision claims are usually covered under comprehensive insurance, not collision. Or to make things easier, when you call our shop just ask for Insurance Claims Assistance and we’ll work to help handle the process.

Animal collisions of any kind are unfortunate. The key to minimizing the damage is to follow the basic steps for your vehicle and others around you to make sure you aren’t put into any more danger. The best things you can do in advance is to check your insurance and see if you’re properly covered if you were to hit a deer. Also be sure to have a trusted repair shop ready to call if an accident happens to you. Better yet, find a repair shop that also will handle your towing!

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Collision Center of Andover offers high-quality, reliable repair and towing service. Check out our before-and-after examples to see how we can completely fix your dented car from a deer collision or other accident. From collision repair, paintless dent repair to mechanical repairs and more, count on the repair experts to get your vehicle running and back in shape.

Resources:

https://www.statefarm.com/simple-insights/safety/6-immediate-steps-to-take-if-you-hit-a-deer-with-your-car

https://www.carstar.com/blog/oh-deer-accidents-happen/

 

Dealing with Emotions

Accident Aftermath:
How to Cope with Post-Collision Emotional Trauma

The U.S. Department of Transportation reported over six million automobile collisions in 2007. You are not alone. Most people experience a car accident at some point in their lives, and while we all know to call the police, the tow company, and the insurance company, not many of us talk about the emotional trauma.

If you’re having trouble with emotions after a collision, here’s some coping strategies to help you manage, according to

Understand that collisions may be unavoidable
Many drivers involved in a car wreck will blame themselves for the accident—even if it wasn’t their fault. If you were driving at the time of the wreck, there may not be anything that you could’ve done to avoid it. You cannot control the actions of other drivers, environmental conditions, and countless other variables. Buckling up, staying alert, and abiding by all road rules is all that you can do behind the wheel. Even so, accidents still happen.

Talk to somebody about the wreck
If you are experiencing depression, confusion, anxiety, insomnia, mood swings, or other negative symptoms as a result of the accident, keeping your feelings inside will only intensify them. Release your stress through communication. Whether it’s talking to a family member, friend, your medical doctor or a therapist, venting is a very healthy way to manage your emotions.

Commit to a healthy lifestyle
Vehicular accidents can cause physical and psychological harm to the body. Some coping strategies include the standards: eat well, exercise, and get an adequate amount of sleep each night.

Keep busy
Try to stay busy by picking up a new hobby. Reading a book, playing sports, gardening, or a number of other activities can add happiness to your life while keeping your mind off the accident.

Reach out; seek help
Don’t let it fester. Find ways to cope with your emotions, and let Collision Center of Andover take on the worry of your car’s repair.

REFERENCES
achievesolutions.net
shepellfgi.com