Tag: Deer Accidents

Hit A Deer…Now What?


The most common vehicle accident seen is a deer hit. They come out of no where and suddenly the driver now has damage to their vehicle. That also comes with many questions, some which do not have a straightforward answer. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about deer hits.

“So I hit a deer, am I covered?”

                In order to be covered for a deer hit you must have comprehensive coverage on your insurance policy. This type of coverage is for accidents other than collisions. Although the deer did strike or collide with your vehicle, it is specifically listed as a loss covered by “other than collision”. If you have only liability coverage, then the insurer will not pay for the damages from hitting the deer.

“I swerved to miss a deer, then hit ____. Will I be covered?”

                If it was only the deer that hit the vehicle, then it would go under comprehensive insurance. If the driver swerves to miss the deer and then hit something else, such as another vehicle, guardrail, tree or roll the vehicle, then that turns into a collision claim. Even though the deer started this ordeal, contact with the animal was never made so that is not a comprehensive claim.

“Will the state pay for the damage, or for my deductible”?

                The state will not pay for the repairs or deductible. There is an agency that does manage the deer population, but they cannot prevent deer from crossing roadways.

“Do I need to file a police report?”

                Most insurances do not require the insured to fill out a police report for a comprehensive claim. It is best to contact authorities if there are any signs of injury.

“Will my insurance go up?”

                Usually with a comprehensive claim, the company will not raise your insurance rate. If there are multiple claims filed over a period, then that can raise rates.

We here at A&J Collision Repair are always available to help you with any claim that needs taken care of. Give us a call today!

Emily Patterson


1215 Thomas G Wilson Drive

Conway, AR 72032


How To Avoid Deer Accidents With Cars


buck and a doe deerDeer accidents are fairly common, especially if you live in a rural area. If you have been the victim of a suicidal deer recently, here are some great tips to help you avoid this from happening in the future.

Know Feeding Times

Deer are typically out more at dawn and dusk to feed. If you pay attention to their feeding times you can help to avoid hitting them more frequently. Watch for open fields where they come down and feed. Especially if there is a source of water for them to drink from.

Hills and Cliffs

Deer are amazing creatures. They can climb and jump from hills and cliffs very easily. Do not mistakenly assume that since it is a cliff or hill that a deer would not be anywhere around.

Learn Where They Are

If you live in a rural area over the course of time you will learn where the deer come down to feed. Drive slower through these areas and be extra vigilant. It sometimes helps to have a second person in the car on deer patrol to help avoid accidents.

Deer Whistles

Some people swear by deer whistles. These are little whistles that are activated by the air as you are driving. They mount on or near the front bumper of your car. As you drive they emit a whistling sound that in some cases can frighten the deer away and help to avoid collisions. Deer whistles can be purchased from a variety of places for anywhere from $5 to $25 for a set. The whistle will emit a sound as soon as your vehicle reaches 35 miles per hour. You will not necessarily be able to hear this sound, but allegedly deer can hear it for up to half a mile away. Remember that you should not rely solely upon the deer whistle but it should help some.


Keep your headlights clean and use them even in daylight. It is amazing what good illumination can reveal when someone is driving. Clean your headlights, especially if it’s been raining or you’ve been on muddy roads. Deer see light in a different range than we as humans see. They are unable to see reds and greens but see ultraviolet light well. They see blue clearly and if you have brighter blue toned headlights they are much more likely to see them than those of an amber or orange color.

Isolated Areas

The more isolated the area, the more likely are to hit a deer. Isolated areas are basically left as is and much more likely to be a natural habitat for deer. Be extra vigilant when driving through such areas and slow down if you are unfamiliar with the area. Deer like to forage on the edges of such roadways, especially if someone has thrown an apple core or other food item out of a moving vehicle.

Clearly there are many ways to avoid collisions with deer. Take your time, watch the road, go slower through typical deer feeding areas and be vigilant.

I’m Jody Gatchell with A & J Collision Repair. I have been in business for 17 years in Conway, AR, we are located at 1215 Thomas G. Wilson, Conway AR 72032.  Call us today at 501.205.1218 to assist you with your vehicle. You can also find us on the web at www.ajcollisionrepair.com.” Where quality, professionalism and reliability collide.”


Jody Gatchell





Jody Gatchell


A & J Collision Repair




A & J Collision Repair is a full service auto body repair shop. We are located at 1215 Thomas G. Wilson Drive in Conway Arkansas 72032. Come by and visit or give us a call at 501.205.1218.
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