Two people were injured earlier this month when the motorcycle they were riding on collided with a deer in Waukesha County. The accident occurred 8:30 at night. The motorcycle collided with the deer, throwing both riders from the bike. They were transported to Aurora Summit Medical Center with extensive injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening.
According to the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department, neither person on the motorcycle was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Both were over the age of 50. One victim was a male and the other was a female. The accident remains under investigation by the sheriff’s office.
Motorists and motorcyclists are being cautioned by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to be on the lookout for deer. The deer activity in the state increases around June as the females look for areas to give birth and the young deer are separated from their mothers.
“This time of year, we tend to see increases in traffic volumes, vehicle speeds, and deer activity and that’s a dangerous combination for all motorists, but especially for motorcyclists,” said the Director of WisDOT’s Bureau of Transportation Safety. “The best way to avoid deer crashes and injuries is to slow down, buckle up, and if you’re motorcycling – always wear a helmet and other protective gear.”
The month of June is a high-ranking month when it comes to motorists being injured in accidents involving deer on the roads of Wisconsin. June was the worst, or second worst month, in each of the last five years for accidents involving deer that causes injuries to motorists or passengers. In 2016, 11 people were killed in accidents involving deer, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The agency also reports that all 11 of those victims were motorcyclists.
An experienced motorcycle accidents attorney can answer all of your questions about an accident, including how you can obtain compensation for damages incurred.
Source: WDJT, “Deer/motorcycle crash in Waukesha County,” Peter Kastella, June 10, 2017