Motorcycle Crashed Trying to Avoid Deer

A motorcycle driver tried to avoid a deer and both driver and passenger ended up with injuries.
Side view of a deer in a grassy area with another deer and trees in the background

Many rural and suburban areas of the Midlands of South Carolina are prone to deer crossing the road unexpectedly. Although this can happen during daylight, it often occurs after dark, making it even more difficult to see the deer before it is too late. And sometimes, multiple deer travel together so a driver sees one and tries to avoid it, but doesn’t notice several more deer coming directly behind the first.

Hitting a deer can cause serious injuries to drivers of any passenger vehicle but the injuries can be especially bad with a motorcycle/deer collision.

According to Geico.com

“Deer mating season can be a dangerous time for drivers, deer and car hoods. According to the Insurance Information Institute, 1.6 million deer-vehicle collisions occur each year, resulting in 200 fatalities, tens of thousands of injuries and over $3.6 billion in vehicle damage. Being prepared can help prevent you from adding to these statistics.”

Richland County Sheriff’s Department Press Release

On 07/11/2020 at approximately 5:30pm Richland County Dispatch was notified of a motorcycle crash on County Hwy ZZ just north of Huth School Road. Upon arrival the driver and passenger were located laying in the ditch on the east side of the roadway. The driver stated that a deer had come out into the roadway causing him to lose control and lay the motorcycle down. It appears from marks on the highway the motorcycle and the two occupants traveled approximately 40 to 50 yards before coming to rest off the highway. Both the driver and passenger were transported to the Richland Hospital by EMS for serious injuries.

Who Involved:  John Koester, 60 of Green Bay, WI and Terrie Koester, 65 of Green Bay, WI

Other Agencies Involved:  Richland County Ambulance Service, Richland Center Fire Department

Tips to Avoid Hitting a Deer When Driving

  1. Be alert and use high beams at night in rural areas. Look for your headlight beam’s reflection in a pair of eyes.
  2. Pay attention to deer crossing signs and slow down in those areas.
  3. Be especially wary of deer crossing the road during mating season from October through January and dawn and dusk.
  4. Don’t swerve to avoid the deer. Brake, instead, or you may end up in a worse accident than just hitting a deer.

If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident with a deer, please contact your motorcycle insurance company. 

If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident with another motor vehicle, you may need legal representation. If the other party was at-fault, be sure to contact a trusted personal injury attorney to fight for the compensation you deserve. Don’t speak to the other driver’s insurance until you speak with a personal injury lawyer who will look out for your best interests.

Have you or a loved one been badly injured in a motorcycle crash with another vehicle in South Carolina?

At Burriss and Ridgeway, we understand motorcycle accidents and have the experience and compassion you need to provide the protection you want as you face another driver’s insurance company.

Please contact us today about a free consultation.

We have offices conveniently located in Orangeburg, Columbia, and Lexington, SC. Or we may be able to provide a virtual consultation upon request.

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