There was finally good news regarding our state’s woeful rate of seat belt usage. Massachusetts’ drivers jumped from a seat belt usage of 73.7 % in 2017 to 81.6 % this year, the biggest leap ever recorded in one year. Unfortunately, we still lag far behind the national average of 90.1%.
If you live in rural areas, or even in many suburbs, the risk of encountering a deer or other large animal like a moose suddenly in your headlights is very real. In Massachusetts, the chances are 1 in 469 that you will come upon a deer on a suburban or rural roadway. According to the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, there are between 7,000 and 10,000 car accidents in our state each year involving deer, though it is rare for anyone to be killed in such accidents. There is no reporting requirement if you do have a deer accident so exact numbers are unavailable.