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Two Motorists Crash into Each Other after Swerving to avoid Deer

two cars damaged after collision

According to the Dubois County Herald, two drivers suffered from injuries in a head-on wreck after both drivers swerve to avoid a deer in the road in Loogootee, Indiana.

Both Drivers Wore Seatbelts

Deanna Smith, 41 traveled westbound on U.S. Highway 50 as Jason Robbins drove east on the same stretch of highway. Both drivers noticed a deer standing in the center dividing line between both lanes, and in an attempt to miss the deer, swerved toward the center line.

The Dubois County Herald reports that the two vehicles collided, causing Robbins’ truck to overturn onto its side and severely damaging Smith’s SUV. Robbins required extrication from his truck and received treatment at Memorial Hospital in Jasper for rib and leg pain.

Smith received treatment at the scene for minor injuries, according to The Dubois County Herald. Police say severe injuries may have been avoided due to the drivers both wearing seatbelts.

The Indiana State Police reminds motorists, especially during deer season, to try to avoid swerving away from deer in the roadway. According to the Dubois County Herald, motorist’s expose themselves to a greater risk of accident and injury by leaving their lane or the roadway than if they collide with the animal.

Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Statistics

The following statistics on motor vehicle crashes in 2014 are provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • In 2014, 32,675 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States.
  • An estimated 2.34 million people sustained injuries in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
  • For passenger vehicle occupants who survived fatal crashes in 2014, only 15 percent were unrestrained.
  • Over the past 10 years, there has been a reduction of nearly 25 percent in the number of fatalities on the United States’ roadways.

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