A herd of deer in winter

What should you do if you hit a deer?

Wisconsin is it a beautiful state with some some unique automotive hazards. We’re talking specifically about deer. These graceful animals are lovely to look at, but can do some real damage to your vehicle if you hit one. If you’re one of the fortunate few who have never hit a deer with your vehicle, then you might be wondering what you should do if that does happen. Fear not! Here’s what you can do if you find yourself in this situation.

1) Get your vehicle to a safe place

Turn your hazard lights on and, if it’s safe to do so, move your vehicle onto the side of the road.

2) Assess the situation

Is everyone in the vehicle okay? If there are injuries it’s important to call 911 and get the help you need. How is the deer doing? It’s always best to act with compassion and help an animal that is suffering when it is safe for you to do so. If you aren’t able to help the animal, the authorities can. Because every situation is different, it’s important to use your best judgement to keep you and your loved ones safe. In addition, to care for the injured animal.

Do I have to file a police report if I hit a deer?Dented side panel of a minivan

Most insurance companies don’t require you to do so, but it’s still a good idea to contact the authorities. That way the police report can back up your insurance claim. Again, every situation is different. You can learn more about Wisconsin law regarding this on the Department of Transportation website.

3) Document the damage

When safe to do so, take pictures and record details about the accident for your records.

Are deer nocturnal?

White-tailed deer are primarily crepuscular, which means they are active at dawn and dusk. Two major reasons you might see deer moving at night (and why is seems like they are nocturnal) is because of hunting pressure and the mating season. The deer hunting season runs from mid-September until the end of January. The mating season runs from October until December.

Read More: 5 hunting essentials for your truck

Where to get your Toyota fixed in Green Bay, WI

In the event that your car does receive some damage from a deer, we invite you to bring it to the Le Mieux Toyota Service Department. We work on all vehicle makes and models even if you didn’t purchase your vehicle from us. Maybe most importantly, we use the highest-quality parts and charge fair prices. From minor dents to front-end replacement, we do it all. Schedule your next visit today!