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Watch For Deer on Missouri Roadways in The Fall Months

It’s always exciting to see wildlife like deer and coyotes when driving through rural Missouri—until they decide to jump into the road in front of your car.

The Missouri Department of Transportation reminds motorists to prepare for the sudden appearance of wild animals on Missouri roadways during the cooler fall months.

Fall is breeding season, and deer are on the move.

A report from State Farm Insurance ranks Missouri 15th in the country for potential deer collisions.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, authorities reported 3,639 traffic crashes involving deer in 2020, resulting in 348 injuries and five deaths.

Most deer strikes occurred at dawn and dusk in October and November.

Drivers should never swerve to avoid animals in the road as it can cause loss of control of their vehicles, resulting in serious injury or death.

To avoid hitting a deer, always be cautious and keep your eyes scanning both sides of the roadway.

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