The Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds drivers that October and November are typically the months when the most deer are struck on Missouri roads.
Statewide, six people died last year and 455 were injured in 4,604 crashes that involved vehicles striking a deer. Most such wrecks occur in the evening on into early morning.
Drivers are advised to remain calm. Many wrecks occur when a driver sees a deer and overcorrects to avoid it. When you see a deer, slow down and proceed cautiously, remembering that deer often move about together. Deer also are more on the move during their mating season in the fall.
Also, the Missouri Department of Transportation points out that it’s harvest season and drivers are advised to be on the lookout for farm machinery. From 2014 through 2016, “farm equipment vehicles” were involved in 582 crashes, killing 17 people and injuring 199, according to MoDOT.