Preventing deer collisions

By Brandi Bailey

October 1, 2013 Updated Oct 2, 2013 at 12:32 AM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) The weather cools down for the fall season and with that, the woodland creatures are on the move.

This also means drivers should keep their eyes peeled to avoid any run-ins on the roads.

New York state ranks 24th in the nation for deer collision claims. It's bordering state, Pennsylvania, is No. 4 on that list, according to local law enforcement.

"In 2013 to date we've handled over 135 car-versus-deer accidents," said Broome County Sheriff Capt. Fred Akshar. "We live in a rural community, so we're faced with a lot more accidents if you will, and we see a lot more of these accidents. "

Bow season started Tuesday in New York state and State Farm Insurance employees are warning motorists to pay attention and expect more activity from deer.

"October it starts, and November statistically is the highest deer claim month," said State Farm Insurance agent Mark Anderson.

November is in the heart of hunting and mating season for deer, which makes them move more erratically.

"Don't try to swerve your vehicle. Have control over your vehicle and use your high beams when it's appropriate so you can see better," Anderson said.

Many deer collisions only cause minor damage to vehicles, while others can cause fairly serious injuries and property damages.

"I would encourage the motorist to stay away from the animal if it's still alive. An injured animal can do a lot of damage to someone," Akshar said.

According to State Farm Insurance, the prime time to hit a deer in the roadways is between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

State Farm added that it's already had a report of an accident involving a black bear this season.