St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese is OK after crashing his SUV while trying to avoid a deer.
The accident happened Thursday afternoon in the St. Louis suburb of Wildwood. The 29-year-old, who was the MVP of the 2011 World Series, crashed his black 2011 Range Rover into a tree, missing the deer. Freese refused medical attention and his SUV was towed from the scene. Investigators say alcohol was not a factor in the accident.
It's not surprising Freese hit a deer around Thanksgiving; fall and winter are mating season for deer, and they tend to pay less attention to cars during mating season. 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 (NHTSA).
There are active steps drivers can take to greatly reduce their chances of encountering does and bucks, however. And it's generally better to just drive into a deer than doing what Freese did: Overreacting and slamming into a tree, which could be fatal.
Take a look at our tips for avoiding deer-related accidents:
Gallery: Tips For Avoiding Deer On The Road