With November around the corner, more deer will begin to show up alongside roadways and put thousands of drivers and their insurance at risk. Once daylight savings occurs, there will be less sunlight during the day and more deer near the road at earlier hours.
Iowa is one of the most likely states for a driver to get into a deer crash thanks to the abundance of rural roadways. While some drivers will be on the lookout on their way home from work, some motorists have no choice by to go on these roads frequently at later hours as it is part of their job. It is important to acknowledge which driving jobs will be the most at risk during these increasingly darker hours.
There's a common misconception that truck drivers should not have to worry as much about deer since their vehicles are tough enough to withstand the impact, but that could not be further from the truth. Deer can still mess up the hood or come crashing through the driver's cab. Additionally, any driver behind the truck will have less time to prepare for any body parts that come under those tires.
Truck drivers still have to follow the same rules as regular motorists, but some have demonstrated similar fears. Earlier this year, a Wisconsin sausage truck driver overturned when they swerved to avoid hitting a deer. Given a truck's limited turning space and how much damage would result of an incident like this, truck drivers should feel less inclined to swerve and put themselves and others at risk.
The state expects officers, ambulance operators, and firetruck drivers to adapt to any terrain they must travel on. What puts these workers more at risk is that they travel significantly faster on the road than other drivers when responding to an emergency. Out of all the vehicles, cars belonging to police and sheriffs have the highest risk of significant damage given they do not have as much protection as ambulances or firetrucks.
Around this time last year, a deputy in Minnesota totaled his vehicle when a deer jumped in front of him as he was driving over 110 miles per hour. He walked away with minor injuries but was praised by the public for not swerving his vehicle despite the circumstances.
If you receive any significant damages or injuries from a deer crash while driving on the job, you could be eligible for workers' compensation. An experienced attorney can assist you in ensuring that your company's insurance provider does not find a way to hold back on your coverage.