In addition to the warning about US24 being heavily patrolled, it is truly a very active wildlife corridor (mostly deer but also elk). In particular, be exceptionally alert for the three or so miles immediately north of BV as it is very, very common for deer to be mere feet from the road around dawn & dusk. (That segment is somewhat protected from the elements and, thus, is favored by the animals.) Sadly, judging by the stains I would guess that maybe 10-20 are struck each Fall-to-Spring season along that stretch – maybe more. Unfortunately, my wife went through that unpleasant experience in that area some 10+ years ago and the repair bill still ran several thousand dollars even though it was only a glancing impact.
I, too, have had several close calls there and have witnessed too many others to count. But in truth, the entire corridor is active and I had an experience eerily similar to that of Duffus Kentucky Climber just south of Leadville one pre-dawn morning. In my case it was an elk and only severe braking and the ability to use the shoulder kept it from coming through my windshield.
Of course, the potential exists in many other places throughout the state and I'm sure any number of members here have their own scary stories as well. And as Duffus wisely pointed out, the threats of going off road and/or impacting oncoming traffic are all too real. While I'm sure virtually everyone knows all this, the upthrust of my post is to confirm that particular corridor does, indeed, pose a true risk. All I can add is that non-stop, intense, vigilant scanning of the roadside (have a passenger assist if you have one) can make all the difference. Good luck – unfortunately no Bambi ever receives proper training regarding crossing the street.