, TN (WRCB) Accidents involving deer and car crashes in Tennessee claim 3 to 5 lives each year with these numbers increasing.

One out of approximately 300 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.

Cold weather is here and winter not far away deer are on the move, feeding heavily to build fat for the winter and mating season has them crossing the highways this time of year in huge numbers.

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 and mating 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.

If one crosses in front of you there is a good chance another is about to cross behind that one.

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, weather events will create more deer movement so use caution.