Deer-related crashes rise; motorcyclists most at risk
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The phrase “a deer in the headlights” is no laughing matter for drivers who have hit one, especially those on motorcycles.

According to the Automobile Association of America’s Mid-Atlantic chapter, motorcyclists made up seven of the eight fatal crashes involving deer from 2010 to 2012 in Maryland and Virginia.

“During this time of year, the height of the deer rutting season, motorcyclists should be especially vigilant and watchful for deer on area roads, as well as in rural areas,” said John B. Townsend, AAA Mid-Atlantic’s manager of public and government affairs.

According to Fairfax County officials, as of July — the last month for which statistic analysis is complete — at least 59 non-reportable deer-related vehicle crashes have occurred in the county. County officials estimate there also have been 31 reportable collisions involving animals during that time period.

Across the country, about 70 percent of deer crash fatalities involve motorcycles, AAA said. In Virginia and Maryland, it’s 87.5 percent.

“As a result, motorcycle riders are advised to consider taking alternate modes of transportation early in the morning and near dusk, when deer are most active,” Townsend said.

But motorcyclists aren’t the only ones who need to be on the lookout, State Farm insurance said. State Farm recently conducted its own researc…………… continues on Washington Post

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