Since my mother almost caused a large accident trying to avoid a crossing chip bag I can agree with the philosophy of this.
Can your question be applied to kangaroos instead of deer......They can be a real problem and it doesn't need to be in a rural area either.......Sometimes they are around golf courses in the metro area.......Also some of them are massive and can cause a lot of damage to a vehicle......But I still think better to risk that than possibly drive into oncoming traffic to avoid them.
It would be Me or them............The way things are going now that is dinner for at least a month . hehe
gosh! i saw two bucks on the side of the road late one night...slowed down, moved to the OTHER side of the road [all was clear], got even with them and the sunnybeaches BOTH crashed into the side of my car!
aesgard has the right idea. take extra care when in rural areas and watch when you see 'deer crossing' signs. they're there for a purpose.