This is peak deer season - with the animals the most-active they'll be all year long.  And while that's good news for hunters and outdoorsmen who are tracking and hunting them in the woods, it's bad news for motorists who encounter them on the road or highway.  Deer-to-vehicle accidents also peak during the autumn, with the largest numbers occurring in October and November.

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Sometimes accidents are unavoidable.  But, often - with a little common sense and knowledge - you can decrease the risks.  There are a lot of good checklists and tips available for drivers on ways to avoid these collisions; many insurance companies provide their customers with tips that are backed up with a wealth of data.

Here is a good place to start: