The months of October, November and December are especially hazardous to motorists because of deer migration. Every year, approximately 1.5 million vehicles hit a deer resulting in more than 150 deaths and thousands of injuries.
Today, two men in a Toyota pickup were killed when they were struck by an oncoming Ford pickup truck whose driver claimed he swerved to avoid a deer that ran in front of his vehicle. The head-on collision occurred on Highway 9 in Whatcom county around 5:45 am.
Killed in the accident was a 56-year-old Glacier man and his 50-year-old passenger. The passenger was not wearing a seatbelt according to The Bellingham Herald.
The hours just before sunrise and the hours of sunset and midnight are the hours where drivers are most at risk to collide with a deer.
Unfortunately, it seems that the driver of the Ford made the wrong decision when he chose to swerve to avoid the deer. Drivers are taught to brake firmly when they see a deer in their path but remain in their lane. Many serious accidents such as this one occur when motorists swerve. Often, drivers can lose control of their vehicle when they swerve and in many cases, such as this one, they strike another vehicle.
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 caused by the negligence of another.
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