Two Wenatchee residents were injured in a rollover car accident on Sunday evening just before 8:00pm when the driver swerved to avoid a deer on Highway 197, 15 miles south of Peshastin. The car they were riding in crossed the centerline, ran into a ditch and landed on its top.
According a report in The Wenatchee World, Edward Broten, 71, suffered cuts to his face and hands and was treated for his injuries at Cascade Medical Center. Loreena Broten, 42, was treated for injuries to her head, neck and shoulder at the same hospital. The article did not say who was driving at the time of the car accident.
According to State Farm Insurance, car vs. deer collision cause an estimate 1.5 million deer-vehicle collisions every year in the United States and cause 150 deaths and $1.1 billion in property damage.
Tips to avoid hitting a deer:
- Be extra cautious where you see signs for live stock and deer crossing. Slow down in these areas.
- If you see one deer, be on the lookout for another as they usually travel together.
- Turn your high beams on when traveling at night.
- Brake firmly when you see a deer but stay in your own lane. Many serious accidents happen when drivers swerve to avoid the deer, lose control and crash.
- Always wear your seat belt.
- If you do hit a deer, do not touch it as a wounded animal may injure you.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and the family of those killed. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.