(AREA) -- As the two most dangerous months for deer-vehicle crashes approach, October and November, motorists should be aware that these crashes can cause more than just damage to your vehicle. In Michigan, there is an average of 134 car-deer crashes each day. The Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center released crash statistics from January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012. In the Thumb, St. Clair County saw the most car-deer crashes at 3,798 with 23 fatalities and 769 injuries. Lapeer County had 2,716 crashes resulting in 5 deaths and 407 injuries. In Tuscola County, there were 1,745 car-deer crashes with 14 fatalities and 289 injuries. Huron County had 1,646 car-deer crashes last year with two deaths and 162 injuries. Sanilac County saw 1,457 crashes with two fatalities and 150 injuries. All motorists should 'think deer' whenever they are behind the wheel, and drive defensively, as if a deer can appear at any moment.