A cherished family pet is back with it's family a day after being ejected from a car in an accident.
Ashley Terbeek was driving in Western Michigan when a deer jumped in the road. She swerved and crashed into a tree 300 feet off the road. Isa, a 130-pound Rottweiler, was ejected from the car. Family and friends searched for the dog after the accident, but feared the worst.
The next day Isa was seen roaming a neighborhood near where Terbeek crashed.
Terbeek, who is five months pregnant, is still in the hospital after suffering a broken leg and several broken ribs in the crash, Fox 17 reported. Her husband Ross reunited her with Isa via cellphone.
As we enter fall and winter, deer's most active time of year, it's very important drivers are alert and driving defensively. Deer are dangerous. Collisions between automobiles and deer are responsible for approximately 150 fatalities and about $1.1 billion in property damage every year in the USA, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Of course, driving defensively and always wearing your seatbelt are good rules of thumb for any occasion, but especially during deer season. If a deer appears in front of your car, slow down and honk your horn with one long blast to frighten it away. If it appears suddenly, brake firmly.
Don't swerve as you may lose control of the vehicle or hit another car.
Remember deers travel in herds, so if you see one deer on the side of the road there is probably more nearby. If you can't stop in time, hit the deer. It may seem cruel, but you will do less damage to yourself or others. If you hit the deer don't approach it, because it might still be alive, and immediately call the police.