Deer are popping up everywhere in San Antonio and the Hill country because it’s mating season.
And that means a big hazard for Texas drivers over the next several months.
It’s non-stop work down at Crossroads Collision Center. Each beat up vehicle has its own story for how it got there and that includes several that had a run-in with a deer. Owner John Booker said their workload without a doubt increases in November when deer start to come out more. He said typically the animal will cause about $3,000 to $5,000 in damage. There’s currently a truck they’re working on that suffered about $10,000 in damage.
“Yeah, this one he (driver) just hit him square on. He said, ‘Before I knew it, it (deer) was in front of me and I didn't' even have a chance to hit the brakes,’” said Booker.
“They call us and the first question they ask is, ‘What in the world do I do?’” said Terry Randle.
Randle is a State Farm Agent. The insurance company says not only is November the busiest month for deer-related claims, but it’s also getting more expensive. State Farm says the average deer-related claim is about $4,200, but that’s up by about $200.
“I'm really encouraging all of our customers, maybe when they call in, just to be careful in the areas they might see deer or they're used to driving by deer,” said Randle.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration claims that each year deer-related crashes cause 150 deaths and 1.1 billion in damage. The biggest things you can do is avoid peak deer times like dusk and dawn and if you come across one, do not swerve out of the way as that could lead to a bigger problem.