ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM)- While the leaves are dropping, the number of deer-vehicle crashes is rising in West Michigan.
October and November are the two most dangerous months for deer collisions. Last year, this type of crash led to more than 1,300 injuries and eight deaths statewide.
Hansen Collision in Rockford deals with the aftermath of many of those crashes. A few years ago, the company began keeping record of where their customers had vehicle accidents, using a map and pins.
"You can see we are certainly in deer central," says Darrin Bernatowicz with Hansen Collision. "The greatest number of deer hits for our area is right around the shop... writing estimates for hits right in front of our shop is not uncommon at all."
Recently, Oakland County overtook Kent County as the county with the most reported car-deer crashes. However, Michigan State Police say they're seeing fewer vehicle-deer crashes than in years past.