Deer-Vehicle Collisions by State

For the second year in a row a State Farm study of annual deer claims has found that the vehicles most likely to collide with deer are in West Virginia. State Farm estimates the chance of a West Virginia vehicle colliding with a deer in the next 12 months at 1 in 45. That’s roughly two times greater than the possibility that you will be audited by the Internal Revenue Service in 2009 and 1,100 times greater than your chance of winning a state lottery grand prize if you buy one ticket per day for the next year, according to State Farm. Michigan (1 in 78) remains second on the list of states where deer-vehicle collisions are most frequent, followed by Pennsylvania (1 in 97), Iowa (1 in 105) and Arkansas (1 in 108). The state in which deer-vehicle collisions are least likely is still Hawaii (1 in 10,962). The average property damage cost of these incidents was just over $2,950, up 2.5 percent from a year ago. State Farm used its deer claims data from the last half of 2007 and the first half of 2008 and motor vehicle registration counts by state from the Federal Highway Administration. The Insurance Information Institute estimates that there are more than 1.6 million deer-vehicle collisions each year, resulting in over $3.6 billion in vehicle damage. Check out I.I.I. tips for avoiding deer-related collisions.  

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