Recent Deer Research Results UNC-HSRC
Motor vehicle crashes involving deer historically peak during the fall months in North Carolina, and the state’s most recent crash data shows no exception to that rule. In 2012, more than half of all deer-related crashes in North Carolina occurred in the months of October, November and December.
“Deer on or near the roadways is a major concern for motorists in North Carolina at this time of year,” said David Harkey, director of the UNC Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC). “A crash can happen at any time, but drivers should be particularly careful in the early morning and early evening hours. More than 80 percent of deer-related crashes in 2012 occurred between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m.”