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Deer accidents increasing in Tennessee

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Accidents involving deer in Tennessee is nothing new but the number of accidents increasing.

One out of 286 cars in the state will hit a deer this year. Tennessee has seen a rise in deer-related accidents in the past year, almost passing 6,000.

Three accidents killed someone in the car.

Tim Garren of Action Enterprises Body Shop in Ooltewah is fixing the damage to BMW cars from a deer accident last week.

Garren says, "It is that time of year. The season has begun and they will start running out in front of cars. All the time."

Depending on the speed and angle hitting a 200-pound deer could cause a scrape or even total a vehicle.

Lt. John Harmon with the Tennessee Highway Patrol says, "You are going to see more activity with deer in the morning and evening. With hunting season here, the deer will start stirring."

THP troopers say if you see a deer try to slow down in case it jumps in front of you.

If you hit one treat it like any accident and get to a safe place, but stay away from deer.

The good news is most insurance policies will cover you.

Natalie Rice with AAA says, "You want to give yourself a little more distance in between cars in the event you do encounter a deer, you'll have more time to adjust."

If you drive through a wooded area, look for any deer crossing signs and watch your speed.

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