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Deer-vehicle accidents drop for third year in a row

October 04, 2011 at 09:11 AM

The Associated Press and Rockford Register Star

BLOOMINGTON — State Farm insurance company says the number of deer-vehicle collisions has dropped nationally for the third year in a row.

The Bloomington-based insurance company said Monday that client data show a 7 percent drop in deer-vehicle collisions between July 2010 and June 2011. Data show 1.09 million collisions between deer and vehicles during that time period.

State Farm says motorists in West Virginia are most likely to run into a deer. The state tops the list for the fifth year in a row. Iowa is second and South Dakota is third, followed by Pennsylvania and Michigan.

Deer-vehicle collisions are least likely in Hawaii.

State Farm classifies Illinois as a medium-risk state, saying odds are 1 in 250 of having a deer and vehicle collision.

Brian Leaf of the Rockford Register Star says the Chicago Bears have a better chance of making it to the Super Bowl (1 in 60) than you have of crashing into a deer.

About 18 percent of deer collisions happen in November.

Between July 2010 and June 2011, the repairs from a typical deer crash cost $3,171, up 2.2 percent from the year before.

State Farm publishes its annual deer collision report in the fall before deer breeding season when the animals are most active.

The insurer offers these tips for improving your odds of staying safe and out of the repair shop:

  • Watch for posted deer crossing signs.  These are placed in active deer crossing areas.

  • Remember that deer are most active between 6 and 9 p.m.

  • Use high beam headlamps as much as possible at night to illuminate the areas from which deer will enter roadways.

  • Remember that deer travel in herds – if you see one, it’s likely more are near.

  • Do not rely on car-mounted deer whistles.

  • If a deer collision seems inevitable, don’t swerve. You could lose control of your vehicle or place you in the path of an oncoming vehicle.


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