A new hashtag is trending on Twitter thanks to my cousin Tim in California.

#Deerlivesmatter has made its way into social media following a collision between myself and a deer on Pigeon Road Thursday morning while I was on my way to work.

Cruising comfortably at about 60 mph (or maybe slightly faster) I was jarred by a simultaneous thump to my driver’s side door and immediate explosion of side airbags that just about knocked me out.

I ended up off the roadway, dazed and confused and with a loud ringing in my ears.

I immediately smelled smoke, realized I couldn’t get my door open and absolutely panicked. I called 9-1-1 and a great lady with a calm voice kept me focused and alert. (Dispatchers are so dang nice.)

From out of nowhere a man appeared. At first I thought it was Jesus, then thankfully realized it was a neighbor who stopped to help. I wasn’t in heaven, just stuck in a ditch on the side of a road.

That was good news.

He told me the smoke I was smelling was from the airbags and assured me I was not going to burn alive.

More good news.

He then called The Husband and waited until help arrived. Thank you, nice man.

By the time the cavalry showed (an ambulance, fire truck, first responders and DPS trooper) I had calmed down and realized I was going to survive.

A deer had apparently jumped into the side of my car, which deployed the airbags and set off the whole ugly chain of events.

This is the third time my family has had run-ins with deer, and it’s getting expensive.

My car is now at Bruner’s where they have assured me that it will be as good as new in about three weeks. They also told me they have had 12 cars damaged by deer come in to their repair shop in just the last three days.

Now that I have calmed down, there are lots of people I need to thank - from complete strangers to emergency personnel who responded quickly and were so attentive.

I am grateful to live in a place full of such kindness.

I could, however, stand to live with a few less Bambis running loose. So deer hunters, good luck this season.

May you soon have a freezer full of venison.

Sara Vanden Berge is the managing editor of the Empire-Tribune and Glen Rose Reporter. She can be reached at sara.vandenberge@empiretribune.com. Follow her on Twitter @ETeditor.