(UNDATED) - Each fall, the annual crop harvest coupled with the beginning of the hunting season and deer mating season makes deer movement more prominent.
During this time the number of car and deer crashes increase.
Indiana State Police reminds motorists to use extra caution when driving in rural areas of Indiana.
Deer are generally more active in the early morning hours or the hours just after dusk, but could be on the move at anytime.
State Police advise motorists to use high beam headlights at night when possible and be aware that deer could be standing on or near the side of the roadway.
Drivers should watch approaching vehicles and observe what may break their headlights beams; it could be a passing deer.
This technique allows extra time to slow your speed and be alert for the deer.
Watch for reflections from the deer's eyes.
Where there is one deer there are often several so do not assume you are in the clear because more could follow.
If your vehicle strikes a deer do not touch it because a frightened or wounded deer can cause you serious bodily injury.
Remain in your car, make sure you and your passengers are safe, and call the police to obtain a crash report for your insurance company.
You should report this as you would any other crash.
Also, don't forget to buckle up.
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