NJ deer accidents – Have you collided with one yet?
It’s only a matter of time before it happens to you.
And for most of us living here, not only is it a matter of time – but a matter of times it’s happened to you.
Collided with a deer or two (or three!)
My fairly new Honda C-RV has around 35 thousand miles on it. And while I don’t “baby” the car – I’m always cognizant of the fear of hitting a deer either to work or leaving work.
And then it happened this past Friday morning.
While traveling down Rt. 571 in Princeton Junction, a couple of deer darted out of nowhere and took out the front grill, driver’s side headlight, and caved in the radiator.
Cost of damage? So far, 33 hundred dollars – and this is without the collision shop finding anything else that needs to be repaired.
However, I find this statistic compiled back in 2011 a little hard to believe.
According to the ‘good hand people,’ New Jerseyans have a one out of nearly 192 chance of hitting a deer, which they claim is about the national average – and that we number 26 of all states for deer-vehicle collisions.
Overall there were there were 1.09 million deer-vehicle collisions – with West Virginia leading the pack.
Again, given the congested nature of the state, there’d be more – but not so.
And as for a solution, there is none at hand at the moment.
Extend the deer hunting season seems to make sense, but then you run into the usual cries of how counterproductive it would be. Yet given the amount of damage deer cause yearly to cars (and in some cases, lives) - controlling the population through some kind of extended hunt looks to be the best solution - and the most cost effective.
As for me, I came out of it unscathed.
But it was funny in that it happened in front of a pizza shop.
I’d be interested to see if they were serving venison pizza anytime soon.