VIDEO: Deer-related crashes on the rise across the state

By: Deb Farris and The Associated Press Email
By: Deb Farris and The Associated Press Email
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WICHITA, Kan. -- After three Kansas residents died in deer-related accidents on a single day, the Highway Patrol is offering guidance on what to before and after hitting a deer.

On Sunday, two people were struck and killed in central Kansas when they got out of vehicles that had collided with deer. And a northwest Kansas man died when he swerved to avoid a deer.

The number of deer being hit is on the rise as deer mating season comes into full swing. In the last week alone in Sedgwick County, deputies have worked 10 accidents. Two months ago, a Sedgwick County sheriff's deputy was even involved in an accident involving a three point buck. Look above to watch the dash cam video, but viewer discretion is advised.

Last year, the Kansas Department of Transportation reported nearly 8,700 car-deer crashes across the state. Nearly 300 people were injured and 2 were killed.

The highway patrol says it's better to hit a deer than to swerve, which can lead to overcorrecting and going off the road.

The patrol says drivers of vehicles disabled by collisions or otherwise should move them off the road if possible. Authorities also say it's better to remain inside until help arrives -- but anyone who must get out should keep hazard lights activated and be alert for other traffic.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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