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Vehicle-Deer Safety
 
Vehicle-Deer Crashes in Southeast Michigan 
There were 5,667 vehicle-deer crashes in Southeast Michigan in 2013 (up from 5,206 in 2012 and 5,443 in 2011). In 2013, there were two fatalities in Southeast Michigan involving deer compared to 12 fatalities in the state. Seven of the twelve people killed were motorcycle riders. To address motorcycle safety, the Michigan Deer Crash Coalition (MDCC) has developed special safety tips for motorcyclists.

SEMCOG reminds drivers to buckle up, stay awake, alert, and slow down — remembering that safety belts are the best defense in any collision. Also, be alert for deer in the spring and fall, especially at dawn and dusk — heeding deer crossing and speed limit signs, particularly on two-lane roads.

If a crash is unavoidable, SEMCOG cautions drivers: not to swerve out of their lane to avoid deer.  Instead, drivers should brake firmly while securely gripping the steering wheel to bring the car to a controlled stop. Then safely steer your vehicle off to the side of the road.

Deer Crashes Top 10 List by Community

Rank

Total Deer Crashes, 2011, 2012, 2013

Average for 3 years 

Community 

County 

1

 430

143

 Rochester Hills

 Oakland

 2

355

118

 Scio Twp.

 Washtenaw

3

 347

116

 Oakland Twp.

 Oakland

 4

 329

110

 Oxford Twp.

 Oakland

 5

 297

99

 Orion Twp.

 Oakland

 6

 270

90

 Independence Twp.

 Oakland

 7

 257

86

 Novi

 Oakland

 8

 230

77

 Washington Twp.

 Macomb

 9

 227

76

 Farmington Hills

 Oakland

 10

 224

75

 Auburn Hills

Oakland



Maps
Southeast Michigan deer crash map (PDF) 

Resources
Michigan Deer Crash Coalition (MDCC)