Nothing makes a driver's heart skip a beat like an animal suddenly darting out across the road.
This scenario plays out every day, and it's not good for drivers or animals. Aside from the obvious physical damage to an expensive vehicle, both humans and animals can be killed in these accidents and that's something no one wants to see happen.
We present these videos to you not because we think it's something to enjoy. Instead, we consider this an educational opportunity and we're hoping you'll be a little more cautious next time you're out driving in an area with a lot of wildlife.
Let us preface this videos with a warning that they are often graphic and also often contain extremely harsh language. Mostly because people are taken completely by surprise and there's only one way to react when this happens. For many people, it's a string of obscenities.
Buck walks away
Now try this one on
Posted by Buckmasters Master Scorer ~ Ed Waite on Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Most deer-vehicle collisions don't end well for the deer. This one looks bad, but you'll be surprised to see this buck get up afterwards, shake things off and walk away.
Deer vs. snowmobile
Snowmobiling the trails at night is a lot of fun. But unfortunately, it's also a time when the deer are out and about. This one made for a frightening moment.
Police officer sends buck airborne
Over the weekend, Officer Pittaluga encountered a large deer while driving on Decoursey Pike through Visalia. The encounter was less than cordial and ended as abruptly as it began. We think this video is a pretty good training video on how to react when a four-legged furry friend attempts to abruptly cross your path. Officer Pittaluga applied his brakes and steered away from the deer in a controlled manner. Although he didn't manage to avoid the collision, he did maintain control of his vehicle throughout the entire incident, even when the large (but apparently agile and acrobatically trained) deer was performing a Triple Axel over the hood of his cruiser. Our officer was unharmed but the cruiser did sustain some damage. As for the deer, he appeared to brush off the incident before quickly running away into the woods. We did place a call to Santa just to be sure this deer didn't belong to him (we would hate to end up on the naughty list). He was quick to point out that he employs reindeer and that, although this deer did appear to fly, it was not a reindeer (we still aren't clear whether we will be making the nice list or not).
Posted by Kenton County Police Department on Tuesday, December 1, 2015
While it is a police officer's job to respond to many deer accidents, they sometimes find themselves on the wrong end of them, too. This shocking footage has one officer accidentally sending a buck flying. Amazingly, the buck ran away from this accident as well.
SUV launches moose
Moose are huge animals. Which makes this video absolutely shocking. No one would have believed a moose could be sent flying like this had it not been caught on video for the world to see.
Deer at 100 mph
This one happened in October 2017 when a sheriff's deputy in Minnesota was responding to an urgent call. He was doing about 100 mph when a deer runs out in front of him.
Rally car launches deer
This one has been making the internet rounds for years. This deer never had a chance, but the driver likely never could have stopped in this scenario either.
Car hits bear
You're much less likely to hit a bear than a deer, but that doesn't make the crash any less intense, as you'll be able to tell from this guy's reaction. The bear does get up and run away. We hope it lived through the ordeal.
Motorcycle vs. deer
It sounds like this guy is starting to record a vlog from his motorcycle when a deer suddenly darts out in front of him. Thankfully, he gets up and seems OK, but it makes for a really frightening moment.
That's really the only way to describe this deer-vehicle collision in Indiana. This poor doe gets thrown what looks to be at least 50 feet over the roadway.
Motorcycle vs. elk
Not much is scarier than hitting an elk, except hitting an elk on a motorcycle.
WARNING!!! GRAPHIC CONTENT!!!!!As winter settles in, the prospect of vehicle v deer collision becomes a more frequent occurence as deer become more active at night. Yesterday, 12-6-17 a deputy was slightly injured after becoming involved in a "secondary deer collision." The crash took place in the 1600 Block of Briarwood LN NE in the City of East Bethel. A deer ran out in front of an oncoming vehicle and was struck. The impact of that collision sent the deer air bound where it crashed through the windshield of the oncoming patrol car. Most deer collisions are unavoidable circumstances, but all drivers should be as cautious as they can when traveling in open, wooded areas.
Posted by Anoka County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, December 7, 2017
This footage comes from a Minnesota sheriff's deputy's dash cam. He isn't the one who originally hit the deer, but it gets launched into his vehicle just the same in this scary two-car collision.
Sometimes one simply can't avoid hitting an animal. But, by using caution while driving in areas they frequent, you can greatly reduce them. Stay safe out there everyone!