How to Avoid Hitting a Deer on the Road

One woman's horrifying collision with the animal is a stark reminder that deer don't follow the rules of the road.

Horrific photos showing the aftermath of a deer crashing through the windshield of a woman's car is a stark reminder of what to do when you encounter the animals on the road.

Nickole Murgi-Smith was driving with her 3-year-old daughter on the Pennsylvania Turnpike when a deer flew through the front of her car. Photos showed the smashed glass covered in blood and the deer's body lying in the front passenger seat.

"I believe I had quite a few guardian angels that day," she told Inside Edition.

She said she broke her tibia and fibula and is thankful she's alive today. Her cousin started a GoFundMe page in her name to help cover her rising medical costs as she recovers from the wreck.

Murgi-Smith's story is, unfortunately, not unlike other drivers' stories. What can you do to help avoid hitting a deer on the road?

First, it's important to slow down on the road, especially in the fall, which is mating season for the deer. During this time they'll be out and about looking for mates.

Drivers should also use their high beams to better light the area in front of them. And also be aware that if you see one deer on the ride of the road, there are more likely others close by, so proceed with caution.