Originally Posted by Deeksvstarclassic
...if you are going to hit deer hit the center. .
I would be either swerving or on the brakes with everything I had - to hit the deer in the center you have to aim into it - if you have time to do that, aim away from it.
We have deer hits here in upstate NY. When Im riding the factor for me is how far back the brush and trees are cleared from the sides of the roads. On the thruway its clear about 50 yards - you have plenty of time to see animals, even at night (glowing green eyes).
Some of the roads on my commute have foliage 3 feet from the edge of the pavement. Im as close to the centerline as I can be, and not quite hitting 40mph in those few sections.
The sales guy I bought all my riding gear from hit a deer. He was going 55mph, does not know how much the brakes slowed him down. He went over the handlebars and got to ride the slide. Got up bruised, all his gear looked like he was attacked with an angle grinder, including the whole one side of his full face helmet.
He got up with bruises but no injuries. The deer was killed.
There is a memorial on one of my favorite roads for an older guy who hit a deer on his harley. He died.
So... sometimes your skills and gear save you, and sometimes there is nothing you can do.
But thats how life is for everyone.