On August 2nd, a man from Tennessee was riding down Highway 141 when a deer sprang out in front of him. The bike collided with the animal, throwing the rider off his motorcycle and causing serious injuries. The 53-year-old man was flown to St. Mary’s Medical Center, but his crash should catch the attention of every rider in Colorado. Fall is approaching, and so is peak deer season.
Watching Out for Animals on Colorado Roads
Colorado is a naturally bountiful state with all sorts of wildlife, but when these creatures try to cross roads, they can become a danger. Animals on the road provide a distinct hazard to motorcyclists, who can easily be thrown from their motorcycles should a collision occur. Now that Fall is approaching, the number of animals out on the road, including the very common deer, will start to rise. Here are a few things you can do to help protect yourself:
- If you are in an area where you know animals frequently cross the road, slow down a little to improve your ability to react. This is especially true if you see a deer/wildlife crossing sign.
- If you see one deer, count on there being others nearby. Deer tend to travel in groups, so slow down as soon as you see one and keep an eye out for others.
- If you see an animal crossing in front of you, honk your horn or rev your engine to get them to clear out. This doesn’t always work, but it can be easily attempted.
- If a deer or any animal is caught in your headlights, flashing them can help break the spell.
- If you are faced with a mountain lion, bear, buffalo, elk or other large animal while on the road, don’t challenge them. They may attack you to drive you off if you do. Stay clear.
Experts say if it’s clear that a wildlife collision is unavoidable, don’t try to swerve away. Brake hard, remain upright and stay as stable as possible. This will help reduce the chances that you will be thrown from your motorcycle. You should also avoid approaching injured animals as they may attack you despite the fact that you may be trying to help.
The motorcycling attorneys here at Metier Law Firm want you to be safe while riding through our beautiful state. So, don’t underestimate nature, and try to keep the shiny side up.