Lake Norman authorities are encouraging drivers to keep an eye out for deer near the roads and highways since the deer population is on the rise and the chances of hitting deer while driving have increased.

North Carolina Wildlife representatives say this season in particular could be one of the worst yet and they expect crashes to increase between now and December.

The damage facing drivers ranges from having a fatality to a minor bump on the vehicle; however severe the damage may be, there’s reason enough to exercise extra caution.  Reps also recommend purchasing deer whistles that produce sounds deer can hear that scare them off the roadway.

Experts caution that rashes are most common between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.  They aslo caution that it is better to hit the deer if you cannot avoid it rather than losing control of your car and causing a larger accident.

Each year in North Carolina, there are roughly 17,000 deer related crashes.  Since 2007, more than three thousand people were injured and 17 killed in the state.  Of the 100 counties in North Carolina, Mecklenburg ranks ninth for deer related crashes. It’s more imporant than ever, therefore, for drivers to be aware of what is happening around them.  If you or a loved one is injured or involved in a serious accident, call the Accident Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.