IN THE U.S., DEER ARE INVOLVED IN MORE HUMAN DEATHS THAN 4X THE
COMBINED TOTAL NUMBER OF DEATHS CAUSED BY OTHER ANIMALS!
I saw at least 40 deer on the way home a couple of nights ago. Thankfully, I wasn't on my VTX because deer jumped out in front my truck on 3 separate occasions during a 15 mile stretch. As I was about to let me guard down, the last one tried to kamikaze me less than 100 yards from of my house!Deer take a fatal toll on motorcyclists
Washington Post Article
By Ashley Halsey III (Was Ashley's mother, Ashley Halsey Junior?! :icon_mrha)
When a deer collides with a vehicle that weighs a couple of tons, the fragile animal almost always gets the worst of it. When a deer meets a motorcycle on the roadway, both the rider and the deer may suffer the same fate. Research by AAA released Monday found that seven of the eight people who died in crashes involving deer over a three-year period in Maryland and Virginia were motorcyclists. Nationwide, the auto club said, about 70 percent of deer-crash fatalities involve motorcycles.
The deer mortality rate becomes most evident this time of year, as the mating season has more deer on the move. “Because they are riding on two wheels, motorcycle riders and their passengers are especially vulnerable when they smash into a deer,” said John B. Townsend II aka CAPTAIN OBVIOUS. “Such motorcycle-deer strikes can be frightening and even fatal.” (!?) Two of the three people killed in regional crashes involving deer this year were motorcyclists, Townsend said.
The proliferation of deer and other species in urbanized regions, where they have few, if any, predators, has become apparent by their appearance beside the highway. With the end of the season when deer are busy giving birth and raising doe, dead deer are showing up more frequently. Data presented last year by the Insurance Information Institute, an industry group that has access to insurance claims information, indicated there are about 80,000 collisions with deer each year in the Washington region. It estimated cost of the collisions in 2009 at $4.6 billion.
In 2010, the latest year for which there are national statistics, 403 people were killed in accidents involving deer, one of the lowest totals in three decades.
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There's no doubt that deer pose a mortal threat to bikers. According to the article, 403 motorcycle fatalities involved deer in 2010. The NHTSA recorded, 3615 people were died in motorcycle accidents that same year. In other words, deer account for over 11% of all motorcycle fatalities in 2010! Incidentally, I also noticed that 60% of all MC fatalities occur at night.
I've recently put some deer whistles on my bike, but have little faith in their efficacy. So, I'm preparing to order an inexpensive electronic version ($15) that suppose to scare off deer for a quarter mile: http://www.etrailer.com/Electronics/Hopkins/HM27512VA.html?feed=npn&gclid=CKWw7Py_9bICFQKCnQodf1AAvA
Short video of guy hitting deer, then hollers like stuck pig: