consumer alert - Deer-Related Accidents
Teresa Miller is alerting drivers that if they are involved in an accident with
a deer, their insurance company cannot add a surcharge to their premium. The
autumn and early winter months have the highest rates of accidents involving
deer, with November being the highest.
Pennsylvania state law, crashes involving deer are considered not-at-fault
accidents, and insurance companies cannot add a surcharge to a policyholder’s
premium as a result. This excludes drivers that do not come into contact with a
had the second highest rate of car accidents involving deer in the country last year.
Pennsylvanians have a one in 70 chance of being involved in a deer-related
Deer are most
active at dawn and dusk, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
Daylight savings time ends November 1, which means that more drivers will be
making their daily commutes during these peak hours.
To report a dead deer for removal from state-maintained
roads, motorists can call the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation at
have questions about auto insurance, they should contact the Insurance
Department Consumer Services Bureau at www.insurance.pa.gov under the “Consumers” tab, or by