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Be On The Lookout For Deer!

Autumn is upon is, and there are a few seasonal things you need to keep in mind as you travel around our state this time of year.  One of the most important things is keeping an eye out for deer, since the fall (especially October), is the most likely time you'll be involved in a deer-car collision. This makes sense, considering this type of the year is prime for deer mating and migration season.  

Deer/Car Collision: Don't Let It Happen To You!

As mentioned in previous posts on our site, right now is a VERY dangerous time of the year for Pennsylvania drivers when it comes to hitting deer.  A recent local news article reported that, unfortunately, a deer caused a two car crash in Chambersburg that cause one of the vehicles to explode, killing all occupants inside the car.  To read more about the accident, please click this link to explore the original article.  

Don't Let Deer Ruin Your Day!

 Several years ago, State Farm has released its annual deer-related collision report, and Pennsylvania was again listed as the fifth most likely state for a deer collision.  Pennsylvania drivers have a roughly 1 in 77 chance of hitting a deer this year.  Even though the odds seem good, State Farm has reported that the odds of colliding with a deer are actually down by 4.3 percent.  The reason for the decline is simple.  There are more registered drivers on the road. 
State Farm compiled these numbers by look at the total number of deer collisions between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013, and found that 1.22 million deer-related collisions occurred during that period, which they say is down by 3.5 percent compared to the previous year.  State Farm also reports that November is the most likely month for an incident to occur, followed by October and December. 
State Farm has reported that the "Top 5 Most Likely States for Deer Collisions" are as follows:  1) West Virginia; 2) Montana; 3) Iowa; 4) South Dakota; and 5) Pennsylvania.  

PA Hunters Are Safe!

A beloved Pennsylvania pastime, hunting game is one of our region's most enjoyed fall and winter activities.  Our state is also very proud to report that our last two hunting seasons have been the safest on record!  In fact, for only the second time since state shooting records starting being kept at the turn of the 1900s, there were fewer than 30 shooting accidents last year (2014)!  The only other time this occurred was in the year directly before (2013).  There was one fatal shooting in 2014.  This is a humungous improvement, considering that in the 1950s, there were over 500 shooting accidents in a single year with fewer registered hunters.
The shift in this trend is most likely due, in large part, to mandatory hunter education courses and the use of bright orange throughout many hunting seasons.  Last year, over 40,000 new hunters received their hunter safety education certificate and over 900,000 hunting licenses were sold.  According to one article, "approximately 3 hunters per 100,000 had a shooting accident in 2014. In 1960, the incident rate was 53.56. It was 10.78 per 100,000 in 1986 and 8.76 in 1992".  Great job in improving those safety statistics, Pennsylvania hunters! 
Attorney Doug Stoehr encourages all hunters to be safe, alert, and cautious while hunting in our state's woods.  Always wear the proper orange gear, use common sense gun safety, and do not operate firearms while drinking.  Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving Blair and the seven surrounding counties in central Pennsylvania.  He takes cases for personal injury, premises liability, elder abuse and neglect, and car, motorcycle, bus, ATV, snowmobile, bicycle, and truck accidents.  For more information on his Altoona, PA area firm, please call his office at 814-946-4100.
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