DEER DODGING: Which States Are You Most Likely To Hit A Deer?
Bloomington, Illinois – Insurance giant State Farm has released its newest deer-vehicle collision study. U.S. drivers were less likely — one in 167 — to have a crash involving a collision with deer, elk, moose, or caribou in 2017 than in 2016, according to the survey. Last year’s survey put that chance at one in 162. It is estimated deer, elk, moose, and caribou collisions dropped slightly to 1.33 million in the U.S. between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018 — down from 1.34 million in 2017. And, this is despite the fact that there are nearly four million more licensed drivers.
Collision Likelihood By State
So, which state has the highest rate of vehicle-deer collisions? West Virginia topped the list for the 12th straight year. However, likelihood of having an insurance claim involving a deer was one in 46 for West Virginia drivers — down three points from last year, State Farm said.
Other Interesting Study Findings
The chance of hitting a deer, or other large animal, doubles in the fall. The months with the most claims are November, October and December, in that order. There is also an increased risk of collision with deer around dawn and dusk. Drivers should be engaged, alert and on the lookout at all times. You never know when you may need to react to a deer or other obstacle that may cross your travel path.
Tips For Drivers
No matter where you live, or what time of day you are driving, it’s important to remain alert. Keep your eyes up and focused on the road. State Farm offered these additional tips for drivers:
1.) Slow down, particularly at dusk and dawn.
2.) If you see one deer, be prepared for more deer to cross the road.
3.) Pay attention to deer crossing signs.
4.) Always buckle up — every trip, every time.
5.) Use your high beams to see farther, except when there is oncoming traffic.
6.) Brake if you can, but avoid swerving. This can result in a more severe crash.
7.) Remain focused on the road. Scan for hazards, including animals.
8.) Avoid distractions. Devices or eating might cause you to miss seeing an animal.
9.) Do not rely on products such as deer whistles. They are not proven effective.
10.) If riding a motorcycle, always wear protective gear. Keep focus on the road ahead.
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