Kansas Highway Patrol warns drivers of risk of hitting deer

By KBBE News
October 05, 2017

We’re closing in on mating season for deer, which means that they are more likely to be on the move. This also means that they’re more likely to wander into the road and cause a collision with a vehicle.

According to the Kansas Department of Transportation, 10,235 (16 percent) of the 62,150 vehicle crashes reported in 2016 were deer-related (crashes in which a deer and vehicle actually collided or the presence of a deer was a contributing circumstance). Although crashes involving deer occur throughout the year in every Kansas county, the highest number of crashes typically occur where there are the most vehicles. Butler County had 385 deer-vehicle crashes in 2016, the most of any county, while Sedgwick County followed with 375 deer-vehicle crashes.

Since 2012, there have been nearly 50,000 crashes in Kansas involving deer, and 30 of them resulted in human deaths.

Last year in McPherson County, there were 164 vehicle crashes that involved deer, with 159 of them only resulting in damage to the vehicle, but five did involve injuries to the drivers. There were seven deaths in Kansas last year due to crashes with deer.

The Kansas Highway Patrol cautions drivers to refrain from making exaggerated maneuvers to avoid a deer in the road, which could make a bad situation become even worse.