Avoiding an Expensive Repair Bill from a Crash Involving Deer

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

HARRISONBURG, Va -- Even though November is mating season for deer and the busiest time for deer related car crashes, drivers are still likely to run into deer on the roadways all year.

Roger Michael, the owner of Michael's Autobody Shop said he saw twice as many deer damaged cars this year than last. On Monday, he had two cars in the shop for deer related damage.

Some suggest using a deer whistle on your car to prevent these types of collisions. The whistle makes a high pitched sound when drivers go over a certain speed, but Michael said that may or may not help.

"They don't really stand out or look ugly. They're not very expensive, so it can't hurt to have one on your car. Whether they help anything or not, I couldn't tell you for sure," said Michael.

Michael said he has seen cars with deer damage this year that had deer whistles installed.

He said the average repair cost for this type of damage is $4,000 to $5,000.

Mating season just ended a few days ago, so officials expect less deer to be out in the coming weeks.

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