more deer in the US perhaps?
Many places in the US have strict controls on hunting, and in the last 30 years the deer population has exploded. I live in a well populated area of NC and see them every day. It was the same when I lived in CA, in TX, in OR...
As far as drivers in the US goes, many certainly don't think anything will happen to them. Deer only aim for other cars...
But this is true of all hazards when viewed from the eyes of many Americans. The risks simply don't apply to them.
You almost have to wonder, too, if motorcycle collisions are a function of the size of bikes. Harleys all the rage in the US and those bikes weigh 800-1000 lbs or more. What's worse, most people riding them have only the skills to survive perfect conditions, and no skills whatsoever when it comes to anything remotely going sideways.
Case in point: Last year, a friend of a friend was in a horrific crash that involved a deer at night. He was on a respirator for three months and it was touch and go; caused by a collision with a deer -- then his buddy collided into him. He'd been riding over 30 years accident free, but still didn't understand basic riding. They were both riding Harleys. Go figure.
But guess what? It was still his fault and the fault of his riding partner. They, and their friends, blame the deer.
Last edited by Spoogie; 12-12-2012 at 02:10 AM.