Those pesky trees. Always jumping out in front of people.
Accident with minor injuries reported on Ledge Road, Alabama
Submitted by Howard B. Owens on December 3, 2012 - 9:21pm
There is an accident report with minor injuries on Ledge Road west of White Road, Alabama.
There have been reports of it being a car vs. tree and car vs. deer accident.
Alabama fire and Mercy EMS responding.
UPDATE 9:27 p.m.: Reportedly, driver swerved to miss a deer and struck a tree.
Don't swerve to miss deer. Just hit them if you can't stop short. This strategy saves lives (human ones, anyway).
Fact 1: Excluding saplings, trees weigh more than the average deer. Fact 2: All trees, including most saplings, are anchored one heck of a lot better than a deer in the road. Fact 3: The more an object is capable of resisting movement, the harder it will push back when something hits it. Fact 4: If a tree pushes back on your car, it will end badly for your car.
Conclusion: It is almost always better to hit the deer rather than the tree.
I had an insurance agent tell me once that the rule of thumb for animal avoidance is: If it is smaller than an elephant, hit it.