Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Dear Trooper Kathy: I am an insurance agent and I would appreciate if you would do me a favor. Could you please tell people when they hit a deer that they don't have to call the head office immediately? I don't know what the police require but they can wait until Monday to report it to us. They WILL be covered.
Trooper Kathy Says: You have asked this at an opportune time as this time of year results in more car/deer crashes than any other time of year. I have asked my radio supervisor to explain what we prefer people to do if they have a crash with an animal.
District Radio Supervisor: When we receive a phone call (911 or otherwise) from someone who has hit a deer, we create an event which lists their name, the location where they hit the deer (as close as we can make it by their description) and the approximate time they hit the deer (if they didn't call immediately when they hit it). We then give them the event number (and ask them to copy it down along with the date they hit the deer). We tell them that by giving us the event number and the date it happened that we can find for them (or their insurance company) that they indeed did report it to MSP. We then tell them that if they sustained at least $1,000 damage, they still need to obtain a state accident report form (which they would have had to fill out even if a trooper had responded to their accident), fill it out and send it in to the address indicated on the report form within 10 days. They can stop at any Police Department, Sheriff's Office or here at our MSP District Office and pick up one of these reports. We also tell them that if they prefer not to go somewhere to pick up a copy of the report form, that we will mail one to them if they provide us with their mailing address. All of this is for a 10-50 (property damage crash) only, and they have not damaged anyone else's property. If there is damage to someone else's property or there are injuries, we will send a trooper to write a report. One thing that is important (if the caller knows) is whether the deer is still laying on the road and if they know whether the deer is dead or just injured. Should the person who hit the deer want to claim the deer, they may have the right of first refusal. If they want it, we will arrange that they obtain a DNR Car Killed Deer Possession Permit form, which lets them legally take the deer. If they take the deer without the permit they could be liable for possessing the deer without a permit (similar to if they "poached" the deer). If they do not want the deer, then someone else can ask to take the deer and we arrange for them to get a possession permit. In either case, whoever is going to take the deer needs to ask before doing so.
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