During deer season, which generally runs from October through December, there is a dramatic increase in the movement of the deer population. Many of these deer find their way onto highways and into suburban neighborhoods. As a result, more deer-vehicle collisions occur in this period than at any other time of year.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) estimates that there are more than 1.5 million deer-vehicle collisions each year, resulting in 150 occupant deaths, tens of thousands of injuries and over $1 billion in vehicle damage. In 2014, 166 deaths were the result of collisions with animals, according to the IIHS.
One out of 164 drivers will have a claim from hitting a deer, elk or moose in 2016, according to State Farm, about the same as a year earlier. Those odds more than double during October, November and December. Nationally the average cost per claim average is $3,995.08, down just slightly from $4,135 in 2014-2015.
These claims are most likely in West Virginia, where the odds of such an accident is 1 in 41, 5.4 percent more likely than in 2015, when the odds were 1 in 44. West Virginia has held the top spot for 10 years in a row. In Hawaii, the odds are 1 in 18,955, making that state the least likely for the tenth consecutive year.
Colliding with deer is costly, especially for some vehicles. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.