Autumn has finally arrived in Central Texas. Leaves are falling and the chill in the air inspires most of us to get out and around more.
Unfortunately, the same is true for wild animals, particularly, in San Marcos and Hays County, white-tailed deer.
According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), there are more than 1.5 million automobile crashes involving deer each year in the U.S., resulting in an estimated $1.1 billion vehicle damage and all too often, injury to the driver or passengers as well.
And with deer season now officially underway, the animals are even more likely to be on the move and running out into highways and neighborhood streets, the III says.
It can even happen on city streets, as local All State Insurance agent Linda Jalufka pointed out. “It was last week sometime,” Jalufka said, that she came across the aftermath of a vehicle-deer collision on West Hopkins Street near the National Guard Armory. “It had taken out the windshield, and didn’t kill the deer. A guy from the National Guard” was holding the animal down when she drove by, she added.
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