On December 29, 2014, a passenger was killed in a car crash in Alexandria, Virginia (VA). The driver of the vehicle swerved to avoid a deer, but hit a telephone pole instead. The passenger died in the accident. He was only 17-years-old. The driver of the vehicle, also 17, did not suffer serious personal injuries.
Police say when the young driver swerved to avoid the deer, his car slid and left the road before hitting the telephone pole.
This is a tragic accident and our deepest condolences go out to the passenger’s loved ones. Losing someone close to you is always difficult, but the pain is even worse when the loss is sudden and unexpected.
This accident also serves as an important reminder on how to react when a deer suddenly appears on the road. According to the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, insurance adjusters claim that more personal injury is caused when attempting to avoid collision with a deer rather than from hitting the deer itself.
The most important tip to keep in mind is to not swerve, but instead brake and maintain a straight path. Though it may seem like you are increasing your chances of hitting the deer, you are in fact decreasing your chances of causing serious personal injury to either yourself or someone else.
Virginia is ranked ninth nationwide for number of deer collisions. White-tailed deer migration mating season runs from October through December, and deer are most active at dusk and at dawn.
It is likely that the young man’s family would be able to file a wrongful death suit on behalf of their deceased son. In such suits, the victim’s party may receive monetary damages for sorrow, mental anguish, and loss of solace, among others.
It is a terrible accident that all parties involved must suffer, but most of all the family he leaves behind.